Four-time World's Strongest Man winner Magnus Ver Magnusson (Iceland), has just received the 2009 FORTISSIMUS Strongman Lifetime Achievement Award, as reported in an official statement IronMind received today.
Nathan 'Megaman' Jones was an intimidating figure at the 1995 World Muscle Power Championships - the weekend before, at the World Strength Championships, the 6' 10", 340-lb. Australian giant had slam dunked the No. 5 Atlas Stone with such force that he drove the stone through the barrel, in a jaw-dropping display of ferocity and power. The next weekend at the World Muscle Power Championships, Nathan (left) was matched with Magnus Ver Magnusson (right) in the pole push, a mano-a-mano matchup that had Douglas Edmunds licking his chops. Megaman was the obvious pick to many, but anyone who sold Magnus Ver short was in for a surprise. As called from the sideline, "Magnus Ver Magnusson tossed the Megaman around like a rag doll." IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo.
That statement read, "Magnus Ver Magnusson is mostly known for his quadruple win at WSM, one of three strongmen to have accomplished that incredible feat (Mariusz Pudzianowski now with five wins). But the career of Magnus Ver extends well beyond WSM competitions. He competed for almost 25 years, both in powerlifting and strongman. He was a medalist at the World Powerlifting Championships in 1985, won Europe's Strongest Man, World Muscle Power Championships and WSM in 1994 and 1995, and kept winning competitions up to 2005, as he was past the age of 40, a feat in itself." A few years ago, both David Webster OBE, and Dr. Douglas Edmunds, co-founders of modern strength athletics competitions, described Magnus Ver Magnusson as one of the best strongmen of all-time. "Today he deserves full recognition," commented Paul Ohl, president of Fortissimus World Strength.
The statement continued, "Magnus Ver Magnusson will attend the 2009 Fortissimus Strongest Man on Earth, as a member of the Fortissimus Certification Board."