One of Strongman's most recognizable faces has announced he is taking the 2013 season off to determine whether he will stay in the game that has brought him such huge success, or whether its time to hang up the lifting straps. The Giant from the UK has qualified for the Worlds Strongest Man seven times, finishing on the podium twice and has been invited to the big dance in Columbus Ohio at the Arnold Strongman Classic, twice. From Terry's Facebook this morning:
Thanks for the kind words. I'm taking time off from competing and will decide whether to return next year. Strongman has given me so much so will be hard to walk away but need to decide if its what I really want still. I will be at europes strongest man in June whether competing or not. 6 of the wsm finalists already confirmed.
From Terry Hollands Wikipedia page:
In 2006 Terry qualified for the 2006 World's Strongest Man competition, although he did not qualify for the finals. In 2007 he took the title of Britain's Strongest Man and went on to finish third at the 2007 World's Strongest Man, the first time a British competitor had achieved a top 3 place in over 10 years.
The 2008 Britain's Strongest Man saw Hollands conceding his title to Jimmy Marku, coming second overall. However, in the 2008 World's Strongest Man contest he still made the final coming second in his qualifying heat. In the final he placed last out of the ten finalists.
Hollands improved on this finish in the 2009 World's Strongest Man coming sixth overall. 2010 was a mixed year for Hollands. A series of strong performances and podium finishes in the Strongman Champions League, including a win in Ireland(tied w/Zydrunas Savickas), was derailed by serious injury, when he tore his biceps in the Europe's Strongest Man contest in June. So strong had the early season been that Terry was still crowned the 2010 SCL overall champion on 18 December 2010. His return from the biceps injury was rapid and Hollands was able to compete at the 2010 World's Strongest Man contest where he made the final for the fifth consecutive year, and finished in 8th place.