New York’s Most Feared Bicep, Joyce Boone and arm wrestling

July 20, 2011

At 44, Brooklyn Native Joyce Boone Is a Rising Star of Female Arm Wrestling.

Joyce Boone practices against Kristen Czerw arm wrestling

Photo: Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal--

Joyce Boone just might be the toughest grandmother in the tri-state region.

She competes far from the spotlight—in bars and basements, at street fairs and middle schools. In the chalk-caked, sweat-soaked world of women’s arm wrestling, Boone, a 44-year-old home health-care aide, has secured her place as the best in New York.

Her recent triumphs include a win over a Canadian national champion at the Port Authority Bus Terminal and an appearance in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd.” Next up: a trip to Mulcahy’s Pub in Brookhaven, N.Y., for the Long Island Arm Wrestling Championships on July 31.

Nobody wants to mess with Joyce Boone, though that wasn’t always the case. On May 22, she approached the main stage at the Bronxboro Arm Wrestling Championships with no small measure of trepidation. She tried to remind herself that she was a champ

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