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Mark Henry

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMarcus Jerrold "Mark"•Henry
Used nameMark•Henry
Nick/petnamesThe World's Strongest Man
Other namesSexual Chocolate
Born12 June 1971 in Silsbee, Texas (USA)
Measurements190 cm / 166-187 kg
NOC United States


Mark Henry was a super-heavyweight weightlifter who competed at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. He won three weightlifting medals at the 1995 Pan American Games, with gold in the snatch. Domestically he won the 1991 US Juniors, and then the 1992-94 and 1996 US Senior titles. He also won golds in 1993-94 at the US Olympic Festival.

Henry also competed in powerlifting and strongman events. He won the International Junior Powerlifting title in 1991, the USAPL National Powerlifting title in 1995 and 1997, and the WDFPF Powerlifting Championship in 1995. In strongman events Henry won the 2002 Arnold Strongman Classic.

However, despite his lifting prowess, it was as a professional wrestler that Henry would be best remembered. He started with the World Wrestling Federation (later World Wrestling Entertainment) in 1996. From 1998-2000 Henry was with the short-lived Nation of Domination, where he assumed the name “Sexual Chocolate.” He left wrestling in 2000-02 and competed in strongman events, including his victory at the Arnold Strongman Classic.

Henry returned to the WWE in 2002 and wrestled with them for over 15 years, with various “feuds” with other wrestlers. He was World Professional Heavyweight Champion in 2011-12, winning the title at the Night of Champions. He lost the title in 2012 in a re-match with “Big Show.”


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1992 Summer Olympics Weightlifting USA Mark Henry
Super-Heavyweight, Men (Olympic) 10
1996 Summer Olympics Weightlifting USA Mark Henry
Super-Heavyweight, Men (Olympic) 14

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