Svend Karlsen

  • From: Norway
  • Height: 6' 3"
  • Weight: 320 lbs.
  • Born: Oct. 6, 1967
  • Chest: 61"
  • Biceps: 22"
  • Personal Info: Svend competed in powerlifting for a number of years and held world records for Juniors under 23, and many national records. He was also a top international bodybuilder and has been an IFBB Pro. He started in Strong Man Contests in 1996 and found that he enjoyed them more than any other sports in which he'd taken part.

    Svend was in strong contention for the 1997 title, but tore a muscle in his leg warming up for the squat and was unable to continue competing. He was unable to compete in the 1998 competition after he contracted a serious viral illness. He has since recovered and is looking forward to many more years of competition. If you are a fan of Svend, check out his fan club page at Bodytech.

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Svend's "VIKING POWER!" T-Shirts

Click here to read an interview with Svend.

Competition History

# of Competitors

          8th (Injured)

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"Viking power!"
Other Pictures of Svend Karlsen

In the Log Lift (WSM 1997)
With the Husafelt Stone (WSM 1997)
Flexing for the Cameras (WSM 1997)
Being interviewed by the BBC (WSM 1997)