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Magnus Samuelsson
Born Magnus Samuelsson
December 21, 1969 (1969-12-21) (age 40)
Sweden Kisa, Sweden
Occupation Strongman, Farmer
Height 2.00m (6 ft 6.75 in.)
Weight 156 kg (343 lbs.)
Title World's Strongest Man
Spouse(s) Kristin Samuelsson
Children David Samuelsson

Magnus Samuelsson (born on December 21, 1969), is a Swedish strongman and former World's Strongest Man. Magnus has also been Europe's best arm wrestler.

Magnus is a full-time farmer and was the winner of the World's Strongest Man competition in 1998 in Morocco. Magnus has achieved a podium place in WSM on five separate occasions. Renowned for his longevity in the sport, he holds the record for reaching the WSM finals 14 times, a feat which he achieved over a fourteen year span from 1995 to 2008. He was the first man to ever win the strongman World super series 2001. He is also one of the five men in the world to have successfully closed the No. 4 Captains of Crush hand-gripper under official conditions. Magnus is known for having the worlds strongest arms and has earned the nickname "The King of the Stones", in reference to his domination in the McGlashen Stone event throughout his career.

In a famous match he broke the arm of Nathan Jones. In his Arm training DVD Magnus explained the fundamentals of arm-wrestling. Magnus never intended for Jones to become injured. It was because Jones was side wrestling, which is the common way of arm wrestling. In such position to wrestle from as one cannot use their overall body strength, and is very dangerous movement frequently resulting in a broken humerus bone.

Magnus stands 2.00m tall (6 ft 6.75 in) and weighs about 136kg (300lbs) (at most he weighed 330lbs or 150kg giving him a BMI of 39). He is notable for his pleasant manner and charismatic personality, which has made him a fan favorite at every competition. As always, he is supported at every competition by his wife Kristin, a former two-time winner of Sweden's strongest woman.

After failing to qualify for the 2005 WSM, Magnus returned to competition in the 2006 tournament. However, he failed to make it out of the qualifying rounds due to a back injury. In 2007 Magnus returned to form and, having only a few weeks to prepare for it, finished in a proud 4th place in what he described as the hardest WSM final to date.

At the 2008 WSM contest he announced his retirement from competition after 14 years competing in the sport. “You should never say ‘never,’” Magnus Samuelsson said, commenting on his announced retirement from the World’s Strongest Man contest.

He was the winner in the Swedish version of the television series Dancing with the Stars 2009, beating Laila Bagge in the final.

In 2010 he competed on the Swedish round of the World Rally Championship, Rally Sweden, finishing in 35th position.


Competition record

Magnus has an outstanding competition record. He holds the record of reaching the finals in the WSM 14 times. No other strongman is close to having as many international titles as Magnus. He holds more GP titles than any other living athlete. In 50 contests, he has only been off the podium five times.

World's Strongest Man Ranking

Year Placement Location Comments
1995 10 The Bahamas Nassau
1996 Unplaced Mauritius Port Louis
1997 3 United States Primm Valley
1998 1 Morocco Tangier First title
1999 5 Malta Valetta Injured
2000 3 South Africa Sun City
2001 2 Zambia Victoria Falls
2002 10 Zambia Victoria Falls Injured
2003 4 Malaysia Kuala Lampur
2004 3 The Bahamas Nassau
2005 4 People's Republic of China Chengdu
2006 Unplaced People's Republic of China Sanya Injured
2007 4 United States Anaheim
2008 Unplaced United States Charleston Injured


  • Year Place Competition


  • Bench press: Estimated to be around 240 kg.
  • Deadlift: 330kg with suit (Super series, sweden 2004).
  • Squat: Estimated to be around 280kg with suit and knee wraps.
  • Chest (cm): 149 ... 57.9 in.
  • Waist (cm): 104 ... 41.3 in.
  • Biceps (cm): 61 ... 23.6 in.
  • Height (cm): 200 ... 6'6.75"
  • Weight (kg): 150 kg ... 330 lbs. (156kg or 343 pounds at most)
  • BMI: 38
  • Bodyfat: 15-20%
  • Shoe size: 17Us
  • Hair color: blonde
  • Eye color: blue

External links

World's Strongest Man
Preceded by:
Jouko Ahola
First (1998) Succeeded by:
Jouko Ahola
Let's Dance
Preceded by:
Tina Nordström & Tobias Karlsson
Season 4 (2009 with Annika Sjöö)
Succeeded by:


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