Magnús Ver Magnússon

For other people named Magnus Magnusson, see Magnus Magnusson (disambiguation).
This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a patronymic, not a family name; this person is properly referred to by the given name Magnús.
Magnús Ver Magnússon
Born (1963-04-22) 22 April 1963
Egilsstaðir, Iceland
Occupation Strongman, Powerlifter
Height 190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 130 kg (290 lb)
Title 4 times World's Strongest Man
Competition record
Representing  Iceland
World's Strongest Man
1st 1991 World's Strongest Man
2nd 1992 World's Strongest Man
2nd 1993 World's Strongest Man
1st 1994 World's Strongest Man
1st 1995 World's Strongest Man
1st 1996 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 1997 World's Strongest Man
Pure Strength
1st 1989 w/Hjalti Árnason
2nd 1990 w/Hjalti Árnason
World Strongman Challenge
2nd 1989
3rd 1990
2nd 1992
2nd 1993
2nd 1996
1st 1997
European Hercules
1st 1997
Europe's Strongest Man
1st 1992
1st 1994
3rd 1996
2nd 1997
2nd 1998
World Muscle Power Championships
3rd 1991
2nd 1992
2nd 1994
1st 1995
Le Defi Mark Ten International
2nd 1988
1st 1989
3rd 1990
Iceland's Strongest Man
3rd 1985
3rd 1987
1st 1988
1st 1989
1st 1993
1st 1994
1st 1995
1st 1996
1st 2001
1st 2004
Manfred Hoeberl Classic
1st 1995
Representing  Iceland
EPF European Powerlifting Championships
2nd 1989 125kg
3rd 1990 125kg
1st 1991 125kg
IPF Junior World Championships
3rd 1985 110kg
EPF Junior European Championships
3rd 1985 110kg
3rd 1986 110kg

Magnús Ver Magnússon (born 22 April 1963) is an Icelandic former powerlifter and strongman competitor. He has won the title of World's Strongest Man four times (1991, 1994, 1995, and 1996).


Magnús began powerlifting in 1984, and in 1985 he won a medal in the junior European and World Championships. He won the Senior European title in the 125 kg (276 lb) class in 1988 and 1990. His best lifts in competition include a 400 kg (882 lb) raw squat, 275 kg (605 lb) bench press with shirt and 250 kg raw bench press, 375 kg (827 lb) raw deadlift, and a raw total of 1015 kg (2238 lb). He once held the world record for a tire deadlift of 445 kg (981 lb).


Magnús competed in his first strongman contest in 1985, finishing third in the Iceland's Strongest Man competition won by Jón Páll Sigmarsson. He decided to focus solely on strongman competition after he won the 1991 World's Strongest Man contest.

His strongman victories include the 1989 Pure Strength contest in Scotland, the 1991 and 1993 International Power Challenge, the 1992 Scandinavian Strongest Man (Finland), the 1992 Nordic Strongest Man (Denmark), the 1994 Europe's Strongest Man, the 1995 World Muscle Power Championship, and the 1995 and 1997 Viking Challenge.

In addition to his four World's Strongest Man titles, he was also runner-up in 1992 and 1993. He has also won the Iceland's strongest man competition many times and the West coast Viking (Vestfjarðavíkingurinn) of Iceland nine times, he is considered to be one of the first modern strongman competitors, and is regarded by many to be one of the best strongmen of all time. He carried Jón Páll's formula of being athletic for the dynamic tests of strength and having tremendous static strength to out lift some of the best Powerlifters. He was able to easily out deadlift the favoured O.D Wilson by 40 kg in 1991 and out squatted the world record holder in the squat, Gerrit Badenhorst, in 1995. After Magnus squatted 437.5 kg, Badenhorst commented that he had previously underestimated Magnus' pure strength and that Magnus' squat was the greatest squat he had ever seen from someone of his bodyweight.

Personal life

Magnús lives with his fiancée Maggý Mýrdal, who is a company owner of a design store Fonts, her daughter Sóldögg María, and his daughter Vera, in Norðlingaholt, Iceland. His older daughter Maríanna lives in Akureyri and is studying nursing. Magnús frequently judges international powerlifting and strongman competitions.

Magnús owns a powerlifting and strongman gym in Reykjavík called Jakaból (giant's nest). The name Jakaból is a reference to an old gym in Reykjavík where Jón Páll Sigmarsson and many other Icelandic legends used to train.


See also


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