Hafthor Julius Bjornsson
Hafthor Julius Bjornsson is a pro-strongman and actor who is known for his career playing Ser Gregor Clegane / The Mountain on Game of Thrones. His nickname “Thor” is a shortened version of his first name, and means “God of Thunder” in Norse mythology. Representing Iceland at the age of 30, Thor is the defending champion of the 2018 Tachi Palace World’s Strongest Man. At 6’9” and 441lbs, he is the tallest and heaviest of all the competitors. This year with be Thor’s 9th World’s Strongest Man appearance.
Since 2018 WSM, “Thor” continues to roll:
- He won the World’s Ultimate Strongman Competition in Dubai
- Married girlfriend Kelsey Henson in his native Iceland in late Oct.
- Won 2nd Arnold (March 2019
- Won 5th Europe’s Strongest Man (April 2019)
According to Thor, he is feeling great. He has no injuries, prep is on point, and is as ready as can be. In his group, Kearney and L. Stoltman are his biggest competition.
“I don’t feel like I have any weaknesses…Can’t wait to start!”
Thor believes he’s in his prime right now as he continues to keep getting better.
“Once I won the title, I got a relief…It’s more difficult for me to get 2nd — It just hurt me.”
Can you win 4 or 5 WSM titles?
I’m focused on myself, not on history. I feel blessed for what I have, not what I don’t. If I win twice, I will be more than happy – big smile.”
Happiest moment competing in strongman competitions?
“Winning my first ever World ́s Strongest Man Competition in Manila last year, with my family and friends standing right behind me the whole way.”
“The 2014 & 2017 WSM outcome – so close, the difference between 1st & 2nd was one point. Intense moments like this is what makes this sport so great.”