Icelandic strength is well documented in the countries’ history books and with organized sports a large part of Icelandic life, it was only a matter of time when the two collided. Delivering some of the best World’s Strongest Man athletes and currently eight titles, we want to look into Iceland ‘giants’.
Hall of fame entrant Jón Páll Sigmarsson was the first Icelandic competitor to place on the top-three podium (he came in second place in 1983, in his first competition). Winning the competition a year later in 1985, after beating Geoff Capes in the arm wrestling final, shortly after the victory he shouted, “The King, has lost his crown!” That was the first of famous sayings by the Icelandic star, during the 1985 deadlift event when someone called him an Eskimo he shouted back “I am not an Eskimo! I AM A VIKING!” (more…)