Robert Oberst will “ride off into the sunset” after the 2023 WSM competition.
Robert Oberst has become one of the most well-known strongmen during his career. Beginning in 2012, Oberst has competed in nay big-time competitions and has a plan to appear in one more before calling it a career. Oberst recently shared his plan to return to the World’s Strongest Man competition in 2023 and then calling it a career.
Oberst posted a video to his YouTube page discussing his retirement plans along with plans for the 2022 World’s Strongest Nation, which he will be a captain in. Oberst will miss the 2022 World’s Strongest Man event before returning in 2023. After that show, he will “ride off into the sunset.”
“IT’LL BE HARD TO SIT THIS ONE OUT. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DON’T KNOW, I WILL BE SITTING THIS ONE OUT. I WILL BE BACK NEXT YEAR. I WILL BE BACK COMPETING IN THE 2023 WORLD’S STRONGEST MAN ONCE I PROVE MYSELF AT THE GIANTS’ LIVE. AFTER THAT, I WILL BE DONE. THIS WILL BE MY RIDING OFF INTO THE SUNSET. I WILL BE DOING ONE MORE BIG SHOW. IT IS TIME FOR ME TO THANK GOD THAT I HAVE NOT BEATEN UP AND TORN UP ANYMORE THAN I ALREADY HAVE.”
Robert Oberst will be the captain of Team USA during the first-annual World’s Strongest Nation competition. This will feature Team USA taking on Team UK, which will feature the return to strongman for Eddie Hall.
Oberst suffered a shoulder injury last year that kept him out of competition. He has decided to skip the 2022 WSM and will train for next year. Later in the video, Oberst continues to talk about his plans for retirement, which include building a ranch and continuing his love for the outdoors.
“I’M BUILDING A RACE. I’M SUPER EXCITED ABOUT. I’M GOING TO SPEND MY TIME OUT THERE. WE’RE GOING TO HAVE HUNTING AND TRAINING AND COURSES FOR KIDS AND STUFF LIKE THAT. I WAS IN THE BOY SCOUTS AS A KID AND IT MEANT A LOT TO ME TO BE AROUND POSITIVE ADULTS AND TO LEARN SO MUCH COOL STUFF ABOUT BEING IN THE WILDERNESS AND SURVIVAL. IT’S SOMETHING THAT MEANT A LOT TO ME FOR A LONG TIME.”
Robert Oberst has appeared in eight World’s Strongest Man competitions over the course of his career. He earned runner-up finishes during the 2013 and 2014 America’s Strongest Man shows. Oberst’s career has spanned over a decade and he will remain an influential voice in strongman even once his competition days are over.