IT’S TIME FOR A NEW STRONGMAN TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME.
Legend is not a term to be taken lightly. Neither is entry to the WSM Hall of Fame. Jón Páll Sigmarsson, Mariusz Pudzianowski and Svend Karlsen have been voted in by you so far.
But now it’s time for a fourth member: explore the profiles of the Strongmen below and cast your vote to make one of these athletes a WSM legend…
Magnús ver Magnússon
Known as the Quiet Assassin, four-time title winner Magnús is less of an overt showman than some of our current Hall of Fame Strongmen. He’s also one of only two competitors to have won three consecutive WSM titles.
Another WSM icon Bill Kazmaier has described Magnús’ performances as “flawless”, due to his overall “strength, stamina, technical ability and consistency.”
A proud native of Iceland, he owns the Jakaból (meaning Nest of Giants) gym in Reykjavik, the place where other famous countrymen, including Jón Páll Sigmarsson and Hafthór Björnsson have trained. He still turns up to support other Icelandic WSM competitors now, and always sporting a Team Iceland t-shirt.
Jouko first won the very first WSM contest he entered – a rare and impressive feat, and one only two other competitors (Magnús ver Magnússon and Bruce Wilhelm) have ever achieved.
Known for his comparatively light frame, Ahola proves that being 30 or 40kgs lighter than competitors is no indication of success in the competition. Standing at 6’1” and weighing 125kgs, Ahola has set world records for the Hercules hold (45.7 sec, 197 kg) and Atlas Stones (215 kg).
He holds two WSM titles, and is renowned for his tenacity when training and competing. Strongman legend Magnus Samuelsson said of him: “Ahola was a tough competitor to go up against because he would never give up. You could have a ten point lead on him and he would still try and kill himself to catch up.”
Will this Finnish Strongman make it into the Hall of Fame this time around?
“I actually think I am the strongest man who ever lived!”
Hyperbole? Not necessarily. Ask WSM fans who their ultimate, all-time Strongmen are and more often than not Kazmaier is the man they will name. The first ever competitor to win the title three times, and one of only two to win it three times in a row.
One of the most charismatic and intense competitors since the competition began, Bill Kazmaier is known for his incredible presence: brooding and intense, he liked to try and intimidate his rivals, saying: “Any intimidation of others in battle was simply a part of being in the fight of your life.”
He was the first ever Strongman to lift all five Atlas Stones in competition, the first man in the world to bench press 300kgs, and he also broke five other longstanding WSM records.
Does the ground-breaking American deserve a place in the Hall of Fame?
Žydrūnas, who is sometimes known by the name of Big Z, is the current holder of the World’s Strongest Man title.
In the six years between 2003 and 2009, the incredible Lithuanian has broken 40 different Strength world records and is the only modern Strongman competitor to have won all of the major titles.
After a severe injury in 2001 when he tore both Patellar tendons it seemed uncertain whether Big Z could compete internationally again, but he recovered, began training again, and now hold four WSM titles. He also smashed the Guinness World Record for the Farmer’s Walk in 7.55 seconds carrying two 330lbs implements in each hand.
Will the enormous list of titles and triumphs make you choose Big Z for the Hall of Fame? Voting starts soon…