It shouldn't come as a shock to learn that Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, better known by his #GameOfThrones character name, #TheMountain, is a professional strongman. When he's not palling around with the rest of the #GameOfThronesCast, you can find Björnsson tossing kegs between football goal posts like they're ping pong balls, or lifting weights the size of baby rhinos directly over his head. In fact, the 6'9" behemoth won the title of Iceland's strongest man six times, and, on April 1, brought home the title of Europe's Strongest Man for the third time.
But what might be even more impressive than hoisting a 454 lbs. weight over your noggin (Björnsson's new record!) is the fact that Björnsson rallied through an unexpected medical condition in order to make it to the competition at all. On Sunday, March 26, the 28-year-old became terribly sick, and the following Tuesday, the right side of his face went numb. His friends, suspecting he was having a stroke, urged him to go to the emergency room. Once he arrived, the doctors informed him that it wasn't that dire. Apparently, Bjornsson contracted Bell's palsy, a disease that causes paralysis on one half of the face due to nerve damage. In 80 percent of cases, Bell's palsy goes away on its own after a few weeks.
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You can read Bjornsson's announcement in his Instagram post below.
Clearly, this minor setback didn't affect Bjornsson in the competition. Here he is lifting 10 monstrous boulders onto a platform, all the way to victory.
Way to go, Mr. The Mountain! Wishing you a speedy recovery!
Sehor Bjornsson will return as Ser Gregor 'The Mountain' Clegane on 'Game of Thrones' Season 7. Check out the trailer below!