The Mountain has been known as the strongest man in Westeros, but known Thor Bjornsson is the strongest man on Earth.
Hafþór Júlíus Thor Bjornsson, otherwise known as Gregor Clegane, a.k.a. The Mountain to Game of Thrones fans, just became the World’s Strongest Man by winning the competition after coming in second and third in previous years.
THE WORLD’S STRONGEST MAN 2018! 🥇🙏 . . Want to thank all of my family, friends and fans for supporting me along the way. . Special thanks to my coach @australianstrengthcoach and my nutritionist @stanefferding . . Also want to thank my sponsors, @kjotkompani @sbdapparel @roguefitness . . Congratulations to @kieliszkowskimateusz and @shawstrength for their second and third finishes! . #numberone
Thor Bjornsson also became first person in history to win the Arnold Strongman Classic, Europe’s Strongest Man and World’s Strongest Man competitions all in the same calendar year.
Besides being an actor and strongman, the 29-year-old from Reykjavik also had a professional basketball career back in Iceland. He once played 10 games before discovering that he had been playing with a broken bone in his ankle that needed surgery.
Bjornson first became training to become a strongman after he met Icelandic strongman Magnús Ver Magnússon at his gym “Jakaból” in 2008. Magnússon told that Hafþór he had what it takes to become a strongman, and has since been training.
He started winning strongman competitions in as soon as 2010, including the and constantly winning competitions. Including the Strongest Man in Iceland, Iceland’s Strongest Viking, Westfjords Viking, and five of six events at the OK Badur Strongman Championships.
In 2011, he won both the Strongest Man in Iceland and the Iceland’s Strongest Man.
However what made Hafþór known internationally was his role as Ser Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane in the popular HBO series Game of Thrones. He joined the cast in the fourth season of the show and replacing Ian Whyte who played the role in the second season.
On his time off, Thor lives in his hometown where he runs Mountain Vodka, spirit brand that he co-founded in 2016.