Heidi Andersson, 11 times World champion in armwrestling, is giving lectures, presentations and instructions all over the world.
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Heidi Andersson, 11 times armwrestling World Champion
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Höjdvägen 24G SE-923 31 Storuman SWEDEN
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Age: Born 1981
Length: 170 cm
Comes from: a small village called Ensamheten (Solitude, the Loneliness) with 12 inhabitants (They are all my relatives) situated in north part of Sweden in Lapland.Right now Heidi is living in Storuman 10 kilometers from the Solitude together with my husband Björn Ferry and son Dante (born 2011)
Started: at sitting tables in the age of eleven (1992)
Hobbies: Train, work with the company and carry dreams into effect!
2014 – Vilnius, Lithuania (left & right arm)
2011 – Almaty, Kazakstan -70kg
2010 – Mesquite, Las Vegas, USA -70kg (left)
2009 – Rosolina Di Mare, Italien -65kg
2008 – Kelowna, Canada, -60kg
2004 – Durban, Sydafrika, -65kg
2003 – Ottawa, Kanada, -65kg
2002 – Springfield, USA, -60kg
2000 – Rovaniemi; Finland, -60kg
1999- Tokyo, Japan, -60kg
Traning: I do all my trainingprograms by my own. I train armwrestling together withe the students in the armwrestlingschool in Storuman, lifting weights, climbing in ropes etc.
Dreams about: an ecological house and that armwrestling will be an Olympic sport.
Final right arm 2014 – world championship in Vilnius, Lithuania.
World Championship 2011 Kazakstan.
World Championship 2010 in Las Vegas, USA
The nearness in the Loneliness
I have grown up in a small Swedish village in Lapland called Ensamheten (“the Solitude”). When my father was young he avoided as much as he could to say that he come from the village Solitude, so he didn’t need to explain anything. I have always done the opposite and emphasized my parentage, since I’m proud of the Solitude.
The thought fascinate me that right here, in the Solitude people have in generations been drudged, fought, cried and laughed. When I rove the woods and walking on the same paths as they once did, I’m filled with what most closely can be described as primordial power. They are my ancestors, my roots and I carry a small part of them inside me.
I grew up among people with an ecological view of life who highly appreciate quality of life and responsibility. An ecological view of life is obviously about the preservation of the earth and its natural wealth, but also about the human being and its actions. A human with an ecological view of life wants the humans to abandon their artificial world, open their eyes and see the fantastic natural world. Maybe more people would feel in harmony with themselves and also understand how important it is that we preserve and defend our environment if they only gave the joy of discovery a chance.
-What is most important to you? Maybe it is that all humans appreciate equal or that the ones you love will stay healthy, and of course it’s very important and something I appreciate highly, but what happens if you can’t breath fresh air and drink pure water and if the protecting ozone around our globe would cease to exist? If that happens, everything will become meaningless, because then we can’t live in this world. We are a great drain on our world irrespective of we want it our not, because the system we are born into is built up on consumption of material things and maximal use of the resources on earth, but who has said that we should swallow it all? We can all have an influence on our own situation in life, provided that we have the will to do it.
You can’t save the world on your own, but you can’t just sit down and give up and defend yourself with that everything is too big and superior for the small human. There is so much vi can change if we just want to, both when it comes to ourselves and the world around us. A beautiful thought is that if everyone started with themselves, and what they could change in their own ways of living to create a better and more healthy world, the world would be guaranteed to improve.
We all have a need to be somebody. Identity and to be of part of something is important and I am and will always deep down, in the heart of hearts be a “Solituder”. Wherever in the world I will go, and whatever happens I always know that I can return to The Solitude. The Solitude is much more than a small village, a place – it’s a spirit of understanding, a lifestyle, closeness and love. The future tempts and I’m dreaming about building an ecological house one day in a beautiful place in the Reality with a lot of feeling and who know maybe it will be on a hill in the neighbourhood of The Solitude, but then maybe the place should be called the Nearness?
” Lonely you can be strong and reach far, but together you are stronger and reach longer” /Heidi Andersson
Me, Heidi, my father Kent and my sohn Dante in the kitchen in my parents home in The Solitude.
The Armwrestler from Solitude A tiny village in Northern Sweden is called Solitude (Ensamheten). It has twelve inhabitants and they are all related. It could be any old village, if it wasn’t for their shared and somewhat unusual passion: armwrestling. 22 year-old Heidi Andersson, a slight girl with long dark hair and an intense gaze, has been world champion in armwrestling three times.Heidi’s life is full of contrasts. One day she works in the forest planting trees, the next she is in the big city working as a model for bridal gowns. She hunts moose with her mother Jeanette and talks about boys with her father Kent.Many young people dream of a life in the big city and want to get away from rural life as soon as they can. For Heidi the opposite is true. She wants to stay.She is proud of where she comes from, for Solitude is no ordinary village. The sixteen inhabitants are charismatic people with lively temperaments. They engage in heated discussions on world events, armwrestle and celebrate at the drop of a hat.Heidi was the first girl born in Solitude in three generations of lumberjacks. She has grown up surrounded by proud male relatives, who for generations have measured their strength by armwrestling after finishing their work in the forest.As a little girl Heidi had a problem with one eye and she had to wear a patch over it. When she was three the patch was replaced by thick-lensed spectacles. She hated them and did everything she could to avoid wearing them: she left them behind radiators, buried them in the ground, gave them to the dog. She was useless at sports at school, since she could neither aim nor receive balls. She felt ugly and different and the feeling of being an outsider has stayed with her, despite the fact that her sight has been normal since her teens.Her salvation came when she was 11 years old and learnt armwrestling together with her father Kent and other relatives from The Solitude.At 18 Heidi travelled to Tokyo, Japan, together with her unemployed father, to participate in her first world championship in armwrestling. Kent – a lumberjack, who had never been outside Lapland – saw his daughter win. She came from nowhere and became the world champion of armwrestling.Today (2014)- Heidi has won the world champion nine times.Heidi is courted by the media. She has participated in TV programmes such as The Gladiators and SVT Miljöhjältarna as well as several game shows and entertainment programmes. She writes personal columns in newspapers. She is called ”the ambassador of armwrestling” and fights to get the sport accepted as an Olympic Sport. She has also won a number of awards for her achievements, among them the prestigious Sportspegeln award. Lots of people take for granted that she will accept being ”the public face of Lapland” at various events. That puts a lot of pressure on her. Many requests have been very speculative and she has felt exploited. She enjoys the limelight, although her role models, her ideals and all that she says she wants, exist in the remote village of Solitude. The film tells a unique story about a woman with a passion who finds her own way in a warm and humourous tone.HERE you can buy the documentary ”The armwrestler from Solitude”