EFT (Elbow to Fingertips): 0
NICKNAME: The Franimal
WEIGHT: 210 LBS.
ELBOW- FINGERTIP LENGTH (“LEVER”): 17”
HOMETOWN: Marlton, New Jersey
FAVORITE ARMWRESTLING TECHNIQUE: "I am constantly adapting and changing my technique. I like to stay fluid."
YEARS COMPETING IN THE SPORT: 2 years casually; less than 6 months seriously.
FAMILY: Pedersen is not married and doesn't have kids.
HOBBIES: Art, music, and theater... anything that takes a creative mind. He also love the outdoors.
FAVORITE TRAINING TECHNIQUE: Training with people who are better than him.
EMPLOYMENT: Fraud Investigator.
INTERESTING FACT OR EXPERIENCE THAT HELPED SHAPE LIFE: "Growing up and watching my father, I learned what it is to be a man. My father has seen his share of adversity but through it all he remained calm and never stopped being kind. He works hard for his family and is thankful for every day. He is the strongest, kindest and most understanding human being I know."
UNIQUE FACT: "I love to learn and try my hand at different things. If there is something I don't know how to do, one way or another I'm going to learn how to do it."
MOTTO: Be inspired by your strengths and motivated by your weaknesses.
BIGGEST ARMWRESTLING ACCOMPLISHMENT: Competing in the 2015 WAL regionals in Las Vegas.
FAVORITE ARMWRESTLING MEMORY: "Meeting Jim Bryan and practicing with Team New Jersey. I was nervous, I had no idea what to expect and didn't really know anyone. It had been a year since I met Jim or even talked to him, but I was determined to take up his long standing invitation to join practice. Without hesitation, he and the team welcomed me like I was family. It was at that moment I felt like I was a part of something. That’s when I decided to get serious about armwrestling."
BEST ADVICE RECEIVED: Never stop learning.
BIGGEST OBSTACLE FACED AND OVERCAME: "I am my biggest obstacle. I often find myself doubting what I am capable of or fearing what I don't know. When those mental walls come up, it's not enough to just get through them, you have to destroy them."