The World's Strongest Boy

A fine example of something that was (literally) a strength but also a major shortcoming, this is a video trailer for a documentary about Richard Sandrak who was touted as the world's strongest boy in the mid-2000s.

What seemed to be an amazing story soon became a darker tale of child abuse as Richard's father would isolate him from all interactions with peers or friends so that he could train non-stop every day (and later was sent to jail for physically abusing his wife and son). Richard's physique was impressive -- almost freakishly so given his age -- but the toll it took on his childhood is something he never recovered from.

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