Whether it be attending their gardenias or curating their supercar collections, actors tend to do stuff outside of acting. Like Game of Thrones‘ Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, who digs entering competitions of strength.
It will likely come as no surprise to fans that Ser Gregor Clegane – known as “The Mountain That Rides” – is rather adept at being strong. He’d already nabbed titles at the 2018 Arnold Strongman Competition (lifting 1,041 pounds – or around 472 kilograms) and Europe’s Strongest Man comp (for the fourth time), but he was aiming for another crown.
Despite coming a measly second in the bus-pulling (!) category, he was overall points winner at this year’s World’s Strongest Man event in Manila over the past weekend, making him the first ever bloke to complete the treble.
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
It was a long-held aim for the massive Björnsson, who, at a height of 206cm and weight of around 200kg, had finished runner-up the past two years – and it took Australian strength coach Sebastian Oreb to help him do it!
I always knew @thorbjornsson was the strongest man alive and on the 6th of May 2018 it became official. Winning the Worlds Strongest Man is his greatest achievement as an athlete, and this t-shirt he is giving me as a gift is the t-shirt that he wore the moment he finished the last event to secure his victory. This is also my greatest achievement in my career, and I’m not sure it gets much better than this. This isn’t me congratulating Thor for his achievement, this is me thanking him for letting me be a part of it. Thank you Thor for the friendship, I can’t wait to do it all again ?????? #teamthor #theworldsstrongestman2018 #followthesystem @thorbjornsson @australianstrengthcoach
Meanwhile, The Mountain will return in the much-anticipated eighth and final season of Game of Thrones. Hopefully he’ll have more to do than just wandering around – the guy’s a one-man army!