Dave Ostlund was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 7th. He grew up in Edina, Minnesota and attended Edina High School. Dave was a member of the Edina track and field team and competed in the shot put and discus events. It was his weight training for track that initially sparked his interest in the sport of strongman.
Dave began training with rocks and tires in addition to his weight training and in May of 2001, he entered his first strongman contest in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin. He placed 1st and has been competing regularly ever since.
Dave attended The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota where he continued his weight and strongman training. He graduated in 2003 and worked for about a year as a real estate appraiser. In 2004, Dave won his “pro-card” at The Strongest in the West contest in Eagle, Idaho. In October of 2005, Dave married Kate Strachota who he met at college.
Currently, Dave is a professional strongman with a successful tacky business-Elite Tacky. He has been traveling all over the world competing in strongman contests and loving every minute of it!