Strangely enough Peter, you are actually right in many ways as whilst Anatoly was (& I'm sure is now) extremely strong, Crazy George is exactly that CRAZY as he doesn't feel overwhelmingly strong at ANY time in the match.
Also both Anatoly and George do rest (conserve energy) for significant periods of the match, basically Skodaev is trying to ensure that he doesn't expose his wrist and hand more than he needs to and retain control of the match in that area.He would have felt like he had TONS of strength to spare in his arm, he need not panic, just wait for his chance and retain hand control and it would come.........basically everything that it tells you in the unwritten Armwrestling guide to technical excellence BUT George is the exception THATS what makes him CRAZY
"Crazy" George Izakowitz ie. THATS CRAZY AS IN......"HOW THE FLYING F*CK CAN THAT OLD MUTHA FLUFFA DO THAT SH*T.......ITS ABSOLUTELY CRAZY............& BELIEVE ME IT IS !!!
Its kinda like doing a ridiculous repetition drop set on the weights..........ie. when you get to the last couple of sets, you can feel that the weight is not that heavy you feel WAY strong enough to fire out loads of reps BUT you have underestimated how wrecked everything is in your arms and suddenly the fatigue hits you like a tidal wave and all of your strength just seems to evapourate into the ether. MANY MANY MANY Top athletes have rested in a match with George Izakowitz as they were FAR STRONGER than he is in most areas and can wrestle much more completely from a technical perspective BUT the lock remains constant and they just cannot get the man out from his sweet spot and onto the pad. They're using mostly muscles often in moderate degrees ie. 30% of their max and he is using TRUELY FREAKISH joint locking capabilities that only a very select few have...............after a while sometimes 10 or 20 minutes !......
MUSCLES GET TIRED...............& Crazy George hands you your ass !!!...........which still doesn't feel that tired remarkably !
I have pulled and beaten George twice in the Worlds at -80kg, fortunately I managed to flash him on both occasions, I have also pulled him numerous times on the practice table and when the match stopped had the experience I have described above. Andy Wise has also pulled George and had the CRAZY George experience, its gotta be done.
Every credit to the man he, George is tough as Sh*t.............I have watched him beat some absolute MONSTERS !!! Travis Bagent, Gary Goodridge, Vepkia Sampkarhadze, Kevin Bongard, Cobra Rhodes, Allen Fisher, Mike Selearis and many many more...........