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October 18, 2015

World's Strongest Man – Champions
Thomas Kieller

WSM: CompetitorsChampionsResultsRecords

Facts

  • 18 champions of the WSM since 1977.
  • Champion height average: 1.93 m (6 feet 4 inches).
  • Champion weight average: 146.22 kg (322.36 pounds).
  • A champion win in average 2.11 championships.

World's Strongest Man champions
AthleteCountryBirthdayHeightWeightChampionshipsTimes
Jouko AholaFinlandDec. 1, 19701.85 m
(6 ft 1 in)
125 kg
(276 lb)
1997 and 19992
Geoff CapesUnited KingdomAug. 23, 19491.97 m
(6 ft 6 in)
145 kg
(320 lb)
1983 and 19852
Svend KarlsenNorvwayOct. 6, 19671.88 m
(6 ft 2 in)
138 kg
(304 lb)
20011
Bill KazmaierUnited StatesDec. 30, 19531.91 m
(6 ft 3 in)
152 kg
(335 lb)
1980 to 19823
Phil PfisterUnited StatesMay 15, 19711.98 m
(6 ft 6 in)
155 kg
(342 lb)
20061
Mariuz PudzianowskiPolandFeb. 7, 19771.86 m
(6 ft 1 in)
140 kg
(309 lb)
2002, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 20085
Jamie ReevesUnited KingdomMay 3, 19621.91 m
(6 ft 3 in)
146
(322 lb)
19891
Don ReinhoudtUnited StatesMarch 5, 19451.91 m
(6 ft 3 in)
150 kg
(331 lb)
19791
Magnus SamuelssonSwedenDec. 21, 19692.00 m
(6 ft 7 in)
140 kg
(309 lb)
19981
Žydrunas SavickasUSSR
(now Lithuania)
July 15, 19751.90 m
(6 ft 3 in)
175 kg
(386 lb)
2009, 2010, 2012 and 20144
Brian ShawUnited StatesFeb. 26 , 19822.03 m
(6 ft 8 in)
188 kg
(415 lb)
2011, 2013 and 20153
Jón Páll SigmarssonIcelandApril 28, 19601.91 m
(6 ft 3 in)
133 kg
(293 lb)
1984, 1986, 1988 and 19904
Gary TaylorUnited KingdomOct. 14, 19611.83 m
(6 ft)
130 kg
(287 lb)
19931
Ted van der ParreNetherlandsSept. 21, 19552.13 m
(7 ft)
157 kg
(346 lb)
19921
Magnús Ver MagnússonIcelandApril 22, 19631.90 m
(6 ft 3 in)
130 kg
(287 lb)
1991, 1994 to 19964
Vasyl VirastyukUSSR
(now Ukraine)
April 22, 19741.91 m
(6 ft 3 in)
145 kg
(320 lb)
20041
Janne VirtanenFinlandNov. 16, 19691.96 m
(6 ft 5 in)
135 kg
(298 lb)
20001
Bruce WilhelmUnited StatesJuly 13, 19451.93 m
(6 ft 4 in)
148 kg
(326 lb)
1977 and 19782

Photos of the champions

Bruce Wilhelm: Champion in 1977 and 1978. Don Reinhoudt: Champion in 1979. Bill Kazmaier: Champion from 1980 to 1982.
Bruce Wilhelm (1977 and 1978), Don Reinhoudt (1979) and Bill Kazmaier (1980 to 1982).

Geoff Capes: Champion in 1983 and 1985. Jón Páll Sigmarsson: Champion in 1984, 1986, 1988 and 1990. Jamie Reeves: Champion en 1989.
Geoff Capes (1983 and 1985), Jón Páll Sigmarsson (1984, 1986, 1988 and 1990) and Jamie Reeves (1989).

Magnús Ver Magnússon: Champion in 1991, 1994 to 1996. Ted van der Parre: Champion in 1992. Gary Taylor: Champion in 1993.
Magnús Ver Magnússon (1991, 1994 to 1996), Ted van der Parre (1992) and Gary Taylor (1993).

Jouko Ahola: Champion in 1997 and 1999. Magnus Samuelsson: Champion in 1998. Janne Virtanen: Champion in 2000.
Jouko Ahola (1997 and 1999), Magnus Samuelsson (1998) and Janne Virtanen (2000).

Svend Karlsen: Champion in 2001. Mariusz Pudzianowski: Champion in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2008. Vasyl Virastyuk: Champion in 2004.
Svend Karlsen (2001), Mariusz Pudzianowski (2002, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2008) and Vasyl Virastyuk (2004).

Phil Pfister: Champion in 2006. Zydrunas Savickas: Champion in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Brian Shaw: Champion in 2011 and 2013.
Phil Pfister (2006), Zydrunas Savickas (2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014) and Brian Shaw (2011, 2013 and 2015).