Jouko Ahola (born December 1, 1970) is a Finnish former strongman, powerlifter and actor.
Jouko is best known for winning both the 1997 and 1999 World's Strongest Man, and finishing second in 1998. Ahola also won the Europe's Strongest Man contest twice, in 1998 and 1999, and finished fourth in 1996. Jouko won the World's Strongest Team in 1997 and 1999, and was second in 1998.
Ahola set world records for the Hercules hold (45.7 sec, 197 kg) and Atlas Stones (215 kg).
He is one of only seven men to be a repeat champion in the World's Strongest Man competition.
Jouko was a very successful strongman competitor, at 6' 1" (1.85 m) and 275 lbs (125 kg), corresponding to a BMI of 35.8, which is low by WSM standards.
- Bench press - 485 pounds (220 kg) raw
- Squat - 793 pounds (360 kg)raw
- Deadlift - 886 pounds (402 kg)raw
After his strongman career, Ahola has directed his focus towards films. So far, his most notable roles have been in Kingdom of Heaven, Bad Day to Go Fishing, War of the Dead and Invincible.
Ahola starred in Werner Herzog's 2001 film Invincible as early 20th century Jewish strongman Zishe Breitbart. Jouko played a former world wrestling champion in Alvaro Brechner's 2009 film Bad day to go fishing, (Mal día para pescar). The film premiered at Cannes Film Festival.
Jouko appeared in the music video for Robin's "Faija skitsoo" in 2012. He also made a cameo appearance on the second season of The Dudesons TV series, which aired worldwide in 2008.
Jouko also serves as a judge and event organizer for the World's Strongest Man contest.
In 2013 he appears in the new History Channel series Vikings.
- He regards Arnold Schwarzenegger as his role model.
- His nickname is "Jokke."
- His name is often misspelled as Juoko Ahola, Finnish for "Does Ahola drink?"
- ^ HITstrongman (2012-01-11). "1997 World's Strongest Man". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-08-18.
- ^ "Ahola Jouko - powerlifting and bench press performances, records, bio, photo, video". En.allpowerlifting.com. Retrieved 2014-08-18.
- ^ a b c "David Horne's World of Grip". Davidhorne-gripmaster.com. 2014-03-30. Retrieved 2014-08-18.
- ^ a b c d e f "Jouko Ahola's Official Home Page". Dlc.fi. Retrieved 2014-08-18.
- ^ a b c Sami Koskinen. "Powerbuilding WSM - Workout with Jouko Ahola". Samson-power.com. Retrieved 2014-08-18.
- ^ a b http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0014261/
- ^ "Tässä on teinipoppari Robinin uusi musavideo". Findance. Retrieved 2012-05-22.
- ^ "Jouko's Back!". Ironmind.com. 2005-05-02. Retrieved 2014-08-18.
- ^ "Jouko Ahola vaihtoi työkalut järeään sotakirveeseen | Hämeen Sanomat" (in Finnish). Hameensanomat.fi. Retrieved 2014-08-18.