Real-Life Story by Clayton Faulconer
How I Got A Switzerland Olympic Jacket
When the Winter Olympics in 2010 were held in my hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, I was invited to the “Swiss House”, the restaurant where the team gathered and socialised. I was wearing a team Canada armwrestling jacket.
A short, small man came to me and asked if I was a good arm wrestler. I replied I was not bad. He asked me if I would arm wrestle someone if he brought him to me and he replied “ok”. About 15 minutes later, I had almost forgotten about this and the small man brought a Swiss giant.
The Swiss Giant
The guy was almost 7 feet tall and weighed about 250 lbs. He said “here is the guy to arm wrestle you. I was bewildered and began to chat and asked him if he was a Swiss athlete? He replied he was an olympic skier. The small guy said “are you going to arm wrestler?” I replied yes and the giant said he had never lost to a small person. I said “let’s make this interesting - If I win I get your jacket and If you win you get my jacket. He said ok and sat at a table to arm wrestle. To my advantage, my friend set us up and said “don’t move - go”.
Winning The Jacket
I knew from experience how my friend said go and I had good experience using good timing to start fast. The Swiss was strong but I used all the technique and strategy I knew and beat him. He was embarrassed and started to walk away when I said “what about the jacket” he didn’t respond, took off the jacket and threw it at me. I was going to retire the jacket but thought no way - it's got a great story behind getting it