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Magnús Ver Magnússon
Born 23 April 1963 (1963-04-23) (age 46)
Country Iceland
Height 1.90 m
Weight 130 kg

Magnús Ver Magnússon (born 23 April, 1963) of Iceland is a powerlifter and strongman. He won the title of World's Strongest Man four times (1991, 1994, 1995, and 1996).

Magnusson began powerlifting in 1984, and in 1985 he won a medal in the junior European and World Championships. He won the Senior European title in the 125 kg (276 lb) class in 1988 and 1990. His best lifts in competition include a 400 kg (882 lb) squat, 275 kg (605 lb) bench press with shirt and raw bench press, 375 kg (827 lb) deadlift, and a total of 1015 kg (2238 lb). He once held the world record for a tire deadlift of 445 kg (981 lb).

Magnusson competed in his first strongman contest in 1985, finishing third in the Iceland's Strongest Man competition won by Jón Páll Sigmarsson. He decided to focus solely on strongman competition after he won the 1991 World's Strongest Man contest. His strongman victories include the 1989 Pure Strength contest (Scotland), the 1991 and 1993 International Power Challenge, the 1992 Scandinavian Strongest Man (Finland), the 1992 Nordic Strongest Man (Denmark), the 1994 Europe's Strongest Man, the 1995 World Musclepower Championship, and the 1995 and 1997 Viking Challenge. In addition to his four World's Strongest Man titles, he was also runner-up in 1992 and 1993. He has also won the Iceland's strongest man competition many times and the West coast Viking (Vestfjarðavíkingurinn) of Iceland nine times, he is considered to be one of the first modern strongman competitor, and is regarded by many to be one of the best strongman of all time.

Magnússon is a single father and lives with his child in Hafnarfjörður, Iceland. Magnús frequently judges international powerlifting and strongest man competitions.

Magnússon owns a powerlifting and strongman gym in Reykjavik called Jakaból (giant's nest). The name Jakaból is a reference to an old gym in Reykjavik where Jón Páll Sigmarsson and many other Icelandic legends used to train.


  • Height: 190 cm
  • Weight: 130 kg
  • Biceps: 52 cm
  • BMI: 36


In 2008, he made an appearance on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show". Video

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