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Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson

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Hafþór (Hafthor) began competing in strongman after an injury to his ankle ended his basketball career. In 2009, powerlifting star Benedikt Magnusson, who was forced to withdraw from the 2012 Arnold because of an injury, saw Hafþór in the gym and encouraged him to compete in Iceland’s Strongest Viking which was being held the next day.  So, Hafþór called Magnus Ver Magnusson who was running the event and Magnus allowed him to enter despite the short notice.  With no real training, Hafþór won one event and made an Icelandic record in stone carrying.  An Icelandic record, it should be noted is not insignificant as Magnus Ver Magnusson was a four-time winner of the TWI World‘s Strongest Man Contest and Jon Pall Sigmarsson was the first man to win four times. No other country has done so well. 

After this auspicious beginning, Hafþór was hooked and began training solely for strongman competitions. Since 2009, he has won seven competitions.  He currently holds the titles of Iceland’s Strongest Man, Iceland’s Strongest Viking and Iceland’s Strongest Troll.  Hafþór was the youngest man in the 2013 Arnold Strongman Classic and Terry Todd recently observed of his name that didn‘t seem appropriate...“Hafthor doesn‘t sound right for a man of this size.  At the least he should be Thor, or perhaps Thor-and-a-Half. “


Hometown: Kópavogur, Iceland

Age: 26

Height: 205 cm/6‘9“

Weight: 180 kg/397 lbs


Chest: 154cm/60.6 inches

Thigh: 82 cm/32.3 inches

Biceps: 53cm/20.9 inches

Calf: 54 cm/21.3 inches

Neck: 50 cm/19.7 inches

Family:  - Children: Theresa Líf, 5 years old

Profession: Professional Strongman & Actor 


Contest History & Records:

Fifth Place Arnold Strongman Classic 2014

Second Place TWI Worlds Strongest Man 2014

First Place World Strongest Viking Norway 2014 & 2015

First Place Europe’s Strongest Man 2014

Iceland‘s Strongest Man 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014

Third Place TWI Worlds Strongest Man 2012 & 2013

Sixth Place TWI Worlds Strongest Man, 2011

Eighth Place Arnold Strongman Classic 2013

Tenth Place Arnold Strongman Classic 2012

Fourth Place Europe’s Strongest Man 2013

Second Place Strongman Champions League China, 2013

Second Place Arnold Strongman Classic Brazil, 2013

Second Place Strongman Champions League Fibo, Germany, 2013

Second Place Strongman Champions League Holland, 2013

First Place Strongman Champions League Latvia, 2013

Seventh Place Arnold Strongman Classic Madrid, 2012

Second Place Arnold Strongman Amateur, 2011

Fifth Place Europe’s Strongest Man 2012

Fourth place Giant‘s Live, Poland, 2011

First place Jon Pal Sigmarsson Classic, 2012

Iceland‘s Strongest Viking 2010, 2011 & 2012


Best lifts in Powerlifting competition/titles and records:

Squat - 360 kg/794 lbs. Raw

Bench press - 230 kg/506 lbs. Raw

Deadlift - 410 kg/904 lbs. Raw