They say that only a true athlete is capable of carrying a refrigerator on his back for long distances. And heave heavy logs as high into the air as possible. And lift quarter-ton stones onto pedestals of different heights. And, most importantly, run as fast as possible while carrying a rock shaped like the continent of Africa.
If the mysterious “they” are correct, then our man today, Magnus ver Magnusson (born April 22, 1963), is one hell of an athlete. He also has one of the manliest names you’ll ever hear.
Magnus, a former powerlifter and strongman competitor from Iceland, competed in seven World’s Strongest Man competitions. He won four of those contests and was runner up twice. ver Magnusson is inarguably one of the greatest competitors in WSM history, which means a lot to us here at the blog (we have a soft spot in our hearts for timbersports and strongman competitions). He also won the Iceland’s Strongest Man competition eight times, and even held the much-coveted world record for the tire deadlift for awhile, lifting a whopping 981 lbs.
Although now retired, Magnus keeps himself busy running a powerlifting and strongman gym and raising a child in Hafnarfjörður, Iceland. Please direct any and all pronunciation questions to our good Finnish friend, and fellow blogger, Arto Jaakkola. I haven’t a clue how to pronounce that town’s name!