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Athlete of the Week - John Beatty

Strongman John Beatty performs at the Canadian National Exhibition. CITYNEWS.

To hear John Beatty tell it, performing as a strongman is something of a fluke.

“My daughter took a bent bolt into her school and the teacher thought it was neat so she invited me to come in and do a little show for the kids. After that, one of the parents there invited me to do a birthday party. And one of the parents there invited me to do a small-town festival,” he said.

Normally, Beatty, 44, works as nurse. But this summer, the Illinois man took his act on the road, all the way to the Canadian National Exhibition.

Check out some of his stunts in the video.