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Statue Would Honour Strongman

The family of Jón Páll Sigmarsson have petitioned the city of Reykjavík for a space to erect a two-metre [6.6 ft] bronze statue in honour of the Icelandic strongman known for his brash public theatrics and gentle private persona, RÚV reports. If approved, the statue would stand in front of Jakaból gym, where Jón Páll first began his training.

Although he died quite young at the age of 33 in 1993, Jón Páll, who was also known as The Viking, remains one of Iceland’s best-known powerlifters. By the time of his death, he had won the World’s Strongest Man competition four times.

In a letter addressed to the city’s culture and athletics council, Jón Páll’s family say the strongman is known worldwide as “the father of modern strength trials.” There have been efforts made to erect a statue in Jón Páll’s honour since his death, but thus far, none of them have yielded any results. Now, however, Jón Páll’s son and his mother have collected donations to fund the statue. April will mark what would have been Jón Páll’s 60th birthday, so his family is especially eager to see the memorial through this time.

The proposed statue would be two metres tall [6.6 ft] and one metre [3.3 ft] wide in bronze and would be accompanied by a short biography of Jón Páll and his accomplishments. His family and statue supporters have stated that they would take full responsibility for its cost and upkeep.

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