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Top 15 Most Impressive World's Strongest Men

We all tout our favorite athletes for being some of the most impressive physical specimens in the world. The superstars of the three biggest professional sports in North America (football, baseball, and basketball) show off their incredible agility, speed, and strength on a daily basis in often awe-inspiring ways. Every four years Olympians compete in feats that test their relative strength and speed in competitions that have withstood the test of time. But perhaps the most incredible demonstration of raw strength and power can be seen in the yearly event to crown the world’s strongest man.

Since 1977, men from around the globe have convened to compete in a series of events that put the accomplishments of some of our most revered athletes to shame. These men pull trucks down the road, carry cars, lift boulders, throw kegs and barrels, all totaling thousands of pounds in weight. What makes this more exciting to watch than the standard weight-lifting competition is that the events combine incredible feats of strength with common objects. Rather than simply lifting a bar, the competitors carry, for example, a refrigerator (actually, two at the same time), or hoist logs overhead.

While they aren’t necessarily showered with endorsement deals and rarely make the ESPN top plays segments, they are still some of the most impressive “athletes” the world has ever seen. After all, how many football players do you see picking up and carrying multiple members of the opposing team? The most recent competition took place in Malaysia last April, where American Brian Shaw bested a field of 30 men to claim the title. But is he the greatest strong man of all-time? Here is our ranking of the 15 greatest to ever compete for the title of World’s Strongest Man.

15 Terry Hollands

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14 Hafthor Bjornsson

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13 Svend Karlsen

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12 Bruce Wilhelm

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11 Vasyl Virastyuk

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10 Magnus Samuelsson

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9 Jamie Reeves

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8 Jouko Ahola

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7 Geoff Capes

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6 Jon Pall Sigmarsson

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5 Magnus Ver Magnusson

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4 Brian Shaw

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3 Bill Kazmaier

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2 Mariusz Pudzianowski

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1 Zydrunas Savickas

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“Big Z’ as he is know to fans is truly a modern legend in the making. This Lithuanian born competitor has competed 10 times for the World’s Strongest Man including the last seven consecutive years. He is a four-time champion, most recently in 2014, and a 14-time champion of the Lithuanian strongest man competition. Big Z has never finished outside of the top 3 at the WSM competition, which is no surprise given his incredibly lifting personal bests. He boasts a bench press over 600 pounds and a deadlift of nearly 900 pounds! He is still in his prime and could easily take his fifth title in 2016.

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