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On Sunday, Game of Thrones’ favorite pituitary case, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, took home the first place finish at the annual World’s Strongest Man competition. The feat is Björnsson’s third major victory this year, making him the first man “to win the World’s Strongest Man, Europe’s Strongest Man and the Arnold Strongman Classic competitions in the same calendar year.”


After his victory, the famously good-natured giant took to Instagram to thank everyone from his family to his fellow competitors:

The 29-year-old Icelandic performer has been competing in high-profile strong man competitions for the better part of a decade. However, most people know Björnsson from his role as the Mountain on HBO’s award-winning mega-hit Game of Thrones.

The 6’9”, 397-pound actor has also begun to branch out from the series that made him famous. He recently appeared as the big bad in the shockingly well-reviewed sequel Kickboxer: Retaliation now streaming on Netflix. His next role will find the towering man appearing in Max Gold’s upcoming fantasy film Beast.



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