Any record that takes a millenium to break deserves serious recognition, especially one that saw the previous record holder collapse under the weight, crushing his back. Legend has it that Viking Orm Storlfsson carried a 650kg log 2 steps on an icy night, such was the might of this man that no other person was able to replicate this for 1000 years… until now!
The man they call ‘The Mountain’, famed for his role in the hit TV series Game of Thrones (Series 5 comes out in the US in April…as an FYI) was metaphorically speaking, moving mountains in Iceland a few days ago! Not only did Thor Bjornsson manage to move the 10m long log weighing a mind blowing 650kg, he managed to surpass 2 steps and reach an incredible 5 steps! He doubled the previous record, and more some, whilst on a snowy floor, in freezing Viking conditions, and even managed to hurdle a supporting truss in celebration. The man really is something to behold!
BIG… yet still athletic!
It might come as no surprise to think that this 6’9’’ giant was able to leap frog a truss standing a mere 4 foot or so. Considering his history as a professional basketball player, which was cut short due to an ankle injury, you might expect that he could jump…but on snow… after walking 5 steps with a 650kg log on his back... and weighing in at a monstrous 195kg… you’ve got to be joking me!
Destined for World’s Strongest Man title
Any man that can weigh in at nearly 200kg, stand at 6’9’’, and gleefully bound over a barrier standing at 4 feet high, surely possesses the potential to win. Oh, and he’s just 26 years of age!! And then there is the small matter of what he can lift! Thor has made a huge impression on the World’s Strongest Man stage coming 3rd in the 2012 and 2013 contest, and then 2nd in the recently passed 2014 competition. Surely the number 1 spot has his name written all over it (provided he can remain injury free).
Some incredible numbers
Despite standing at 6’9’’ (that’s 2.06m), Bjornsson can still squat with the best of them:
Bench Press: 230kg
Combine this with a strongman Tire Deadlift of 450kg and a Loglift of 192.5kg, and it will be no surprise to most when Thor Bjornsson takes the title of World’s Strongest Man.