Magnus ver Magnusson

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 ver Magnusson pulling what appears to be a tank. No big deal.

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!


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11 Responses to Magnus ver Magnusson

  1. Dave says:

    I’m a Svend Karlsen and Mariusz Pudzianowski guy myself!

  2. Matt says:

    great idea for a blog, and thanks for the like!

  3. As soon as I read the title of that place in Iceland, I said, “How in the hell do you pronounce that?” So funny that you thought the same thing! Thanks for the visit.–Marilyn

    • Arto says:

      Since I’ve been called in as an expert, let me try and help you with that. First, start eating a bagel, preferably whole wheat. Then, attempt to say the word “bananaboat” with the bagel filling your mouth, but substitute the last “-oat” part with a kind of Marlon Brando mumble, which should sound something like “ummmumumummum”. Finish up with the sound of a very hungry owl calling over a waiter and I think you’ve got it. Or you can just call it “the place Magnus ver Magnusson” is from. Might be easier.

  4. rhijulbec says:

    lol Arto!! This guy, from the looks of it, took up a great deal of landspace by himself!

  5. Ah – not to be confused with Magnus Magnusson the question master from Mastermind!

    I have seen MvM ‘perform’ on TV and he is a powerhouse!

    • Dave says:

      He really was! Probably still is.

      I guess that’s what you’d expect from a guy whose name translates to “Large, son of Large’s son” or “Great, son of Great’s son”. That’s a heck of a lineage for a strongman!

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