- Height: 185 cm
- Competition weight: 128 kg
Schlierkamp Gunter (Gunter Schlierkamp), nicknamed the Gentle Giant (The Gentle Giant) was born on February 2, 1970, near Dusseldorf, in Germany. In the family of children, besides him were two brothers and a sister. A boy brought up on the old farming traditions, as his parents engaged in farming. Sport his family was not taken seriously and considered a waste of time.
From an early age, Gunther helped parents in their large farm. A few years later he went to work at a nearby farm, and his earnings were 50 cents per hour. This gave him the opportunity to buy new clothes, to not have to continue wearing clothes older brothers. This time, it was difficult for him and taught him patience and restraint.
After seeing the film "Pumping iron" with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the title role, 13-year-old Gunther Schlierkamp arrived in shock. He had a great desire to become big and strong. He bought weights and started training. At that time he worked just on hands. On the performance of 16 years Gunter Schlierkamp began working as a mechanic, and had the opportunity to engage in the gym. The owner sportsology Gunter Schlierkamp that he had the makings of a good sport. At that time he weighed 77 kg. Conducting training in the gym 2 times a week, he began to prepare for the first competition. He trained incessantly. His training took place for three hours, and sometimes even more. He allowed himself recreation once a week. At that time he believed that if he would train a lot, it will reach great results . In 1988, Gunther first took part in Amateur competitions weightlifters. The next five events in which he participated, brought him only the first place.
In the spring of 1990, he won the Amateur championship of Germany. In the same year, in the fall, he won the Amateur world championship. Then, having achieved the best result, he decided to try herself in the adult group of weightlifters. Over the next 2 years Gunter Schlierkamp trained hard, and in 1992 took part in the European championship. He achieved the title of European champion. In the same year he won the German championship. In 1993 he was awarded the title of "Mr. universe".
Soon, in 1994, he met his future wife Carmen. They combined legal marriage, but at programadora, as I realized in the end that don't fit together.
Preparation Gunther Schlierkamp for the Olympic games was not successful, as it notjoined the 15 strongest. In that period Gunter Schlierkamp came up with the idea that he is on the verge of collapse. People who admired and was proud of them, turned away from him and ceased to believe in his powers and abilities.
In the spring of 1997, at the conclusion of the championship "Night of Champions", Gunther asked Joe Vader with the offer of joint cooperation. Gunther Schlierkamp agreed with the proposed terms and signed the contract with Joe Weider. In 2006 Gunther took part in the filming of the Hollywood Comedy “Beerfest”.