Mikhail Koklyaev

  • Nationality: Russian
  • Height: 1.93m
  • Weight: 160kg

Known to his friends – and those that can’t spell his name – as Misha, this man is a true strength athlete. Champion olympic weightlifter, champion powerlifter and a pretty decent strongman to boot! Misha’s first and foremost passion has always been weightlifting, but after an unfortunate turn of events led to him being overseen for the London 2012 Olympics he has been concentrating his focus towards strongman.

Misha is not only incredibly strong statically but athletic too. Strongmanwise, his only downfall has been his continued dedication to olympic lifting – leaving little to no time for much needed technique work to master the weird and wonderful strongman events. The silver-lining of Misha missing the Olympics is that he is now committing more time to strongman – something we’re incredibly happy about!

If you’ve never watched Koklyaev compete you’re in for a treat. By far the most charismatic of the current crop of strongman, he ompetes with a smile and is always up for a laugh. A short hunt on youtube will find some fantastic showmanship – our favourite is the video where Misha jerks two fully grown men overhead while they dangle from a barbell!