15 Times ‘The Mountain’ Destroyed Social Media
At a menacing height of 6 ft 9 inches, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson would’ve been called ‘The Mountain’ even if he wasn’t picked to play the character on HBO’s mega-hit TV show ‘Game of Thrones’. He is currently the world’s strongest man which is a feat he worked very hard to achieve.
If you didn’t think the nickname ‘The Mountain’ was made just for Hafþór, then the fact that he is the only person to have won the Arnold Strongman Classic, Europe’s Strongest Man and the World’s Strongest Man title in the same year should clear your thoughts. On the show he plays Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane but what about his personal life?
1An adorable baby
This is definitely one of the most adorable babies you have ever seen. With the blonde hair and rosy pink cheeks, this baby is too cute. It’s hard to believe that this baby is all grown up now and has played ‘The Mountain’ on ‘Game of Thrones’. Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson was born on November 26, 1988, in Reykjavík, Iceland.
2He played professional basketball
In 2004, his basketball career started with Division I team Breiðablik. In 2005, he moved to FSu and was transferred to Premier League side KR in 2006. In 2007, he returned to FSu and helped their promotion from Division I to Premier League. His basketball career ended in 2008, with a recurrent ankle injury. Instead of mourning and giving up, he jumped straight into his strongman training.
3He is a strongman
In 2010 and 2011, he won the ‘Strongest Man in Iceland’ title. In 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019 he won the ‘Europe’s Strongest Man’ title. In 2017, he won silver at the Arnold Strongman Classic. He then won gold in 2019 and 2019. In 2011, he ranked 6th in the ‘World’s Strongest Man’ competition. For the next 6 years, he kept trying and won three bronze and three silver medals, before winning gold in 2018.
4Just hanging out with a tiger!
If it was any other man in the picture, it would have looked scary. But because it is Hafþór, he makes the tiger look like just a regular pet. Ideally, he should have had a tiger as a pet, as it would have complimented him perfectly. In the picture, he is feeding milko a white tiger. The other tiger in the background is probably jealous!
5His little pooch
One would think that a man built like Hafþór will probably have a Pitbull or a German shepherd as a pet – big and strong, just like him. Instead, he has an adorable little Pomeranian called Asterix, whom he absolutely adores. Asterix is as tiny as Hafþór’s face! The two look adorable together.