AKA US National Team Selection process for WKSF World Championships to be held in Ireland on May 23-26, 2019
We are looking forward to supporting the AKA US National team athletes and are excited for their future success!
Team USA Veterans took one of the top places (2nd place) at the International Union of Kettlebell Lifters (IUKL) World Kettlebell Championships 2017 held November 15-18 at Olympic Park in Seoul Korea. Overall, Team USA members, Lynn Bonnemere, Laura Brown, Camargo, Jennifer Casey, Irvin Charleston, Dana Curcio, Sarah Fornero, Kimberly Fox, Tim Fullmer, Vyacheslav Gurevich, William Hass, Barbara Hutchinson, Andrey Kleyner, Marlena Klimkiewicz, Nick Kotwica, Svitlana Krechyk, Richard Morton, Valerie Pawlowski, Douglas Seamans, Mike Sherman, David Steele, Jon Vitolo, Dale Wall, Jamie Wolcott, Joann Worden, Tina Yerkes, placed 8th of the 33 countries competing.
Along with the “classic” competition lifts, this year’s World Competition also featured the “trial” woman’s two arm long cycle. Countries represented in the Women’s Two-Arm Long Cycle competition were from Canada, England, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, and USA. Our own Kimberly Fox won first place lifting two 24kg’s with 64 reps and Sarah Fornero took 3rd doing 89 reps lifting 16’s. Overall There were 453 competitors from around the world registered for the event that was held in the historic handball arena. The breakdown of medalists are as follows:
Jamie Wolcott Veterans 12 kg long cycle
Mike Sherman Veterans Biathlon.
Joanne Worden 16kg one arm long cycle
Dana Curcio 16kg Snatch
Sarah Fornero 16 kg Two-Arm Long Cycle
Tina Yerkes Veterans Snatch
Kimberly Fox 24 kg Two-Arm Long Cycle
Valerie Pawlowski Veterans 12 kg Snatch
Valerie Pawlowski Veterans 12 kg Long Cycle
Doug Seamans Long Cycle 24kg
Ivone Maia Veterans Snatch
Slava Gurevich Veterans Long Cycle 24kg
Svetlana Krechyk Long Cycle one arm 24kg
Jamie Wolcott Veteran division 50-54 68kg+
Lynn Bonnemere Veterans Snatch 8kg
Irvin Charleston Silver Veterans Long Cycle
Dale Wall Veterans Long Cycle
Valerie Pawlowski Professional Snatch
Tina Yerkes Veteran Long Cycle
Bridget Barto One Arm Long Cycle
Barbara Hutchinson One Arm Long Cycle
Irvin Charleston Biathlon
Irvin Charleston Veterans Biathlon
Tm Fuller Veterans Biathlon
Tina Yerkes Snatch
Valerie Pawlowski 24kg Professional Long Cycle
Sarah Fornero Two-Arm Long Cycle
Congratulations to our entire team who not only trained vigorously for the competition but also spent the time and money to travel to Seoul using their own expense to compete. We tend to focus our talk on the medals won and ranks achieved, but being a part of Team USA is much more than ranks and medals. Our participation is in something greater, being a member of Team USA brings one into the greater worldwide kettlebell sport community. What we see at our local and regional meets is suddenly played out in an international community. Being at an international competition one suddenly realizes the truth in the adage about sport bringing humanity together. It matters not our country of origin what matters is that we are united in or passion or kettlebell sport in a world. If you are interested in joining our team we’d love to have you. The Team USA qualifier will be held during USA Nationals May 5-6 2018 in Wilton Connecticut and the World Championship in 2018 will be held October 5-7, 2018 in Daugavpils, Latvia. Care to join us?
Lastly, we’d like to thank Kettlebell Kings and GS Planet for their continued support of Team USA and the growth of kettlebell sport in the USA.
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