Strongman junkies, today is your lucky day. An hour-length documentary has surfaced online of the 2016 Iceland’s Strongest Man, known as Sterkasti maður Íslands in Icelandic.
We thought it best to mention the title in the country’s native language because you might need to brush up on your language skills to watch the doc: it’s entirely in Icelandic.
But hey, the biggest strongman fans on Earth can enjoy the sport in any language, and after all, isn’t raw strength is the international language?
The history of the Iceland’s Strongest Man event goes back to 1985 and this event was recorded by the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service in June of 2016. The contest pit twelve competitors against one another, including Hafthor Bjornsson, who defended his title for the sixth time.
Held over two days, the events included the keg toss, Atlas stones, loaded carries, circus dumbbells, front holds, deadlifts, and stone carries. Bjornsson and Stefan Solvi Petursson were the top competitors in multiple events; they both cleared a 6.45-meter limit in the keg toss and they were the only two capable of lifting the fifth and final Atlas stone, which weighed a whopping 211 kilograms.
//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js You can see Bjornsson’s performance in the Atlas stone event above, during which he wears a “F*ck Plastic Bottles” shirt and crushes a plastic water bottle after he completes the event. (Those of you who remember Bjornsson’s “Heavy Bubbles” April Fool’s joke might recall that he is sponsored by Sodastream.)
The full list of competitors can be seen here, and the event resulted in Bjornsson, Ari Gunnarsson, Stefan Solvi Petursson, Fannar Smari Vilhjalmsson, and Sigfus Fossdal in the top five spots.
Sound like something you want to check out? You can watch the documentary in its entirety at this link here, but keep in mind that the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service will remove the video after February 24th, 2017.
Featured image via @thorbjornsson on Instagram.
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