USA Cup Series #1. Arnold Classic Kettlebell Sport Festival

 Greetings Kettlebell Nation!  This past weekend over 50 kettlebell sport lifters celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Arnold Classic by competing in the 2018 Kettlebell Sport Arnold Classic Competition. 

This was a truely international competition with lifters from Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and all over the US competing. We welcomed several first-time lifters into our kettlebell community along with first time youth lifters including M. Barnhizer who took first place in her division. Other lifters of note were overall winners:  Tkachuk Mykola Male Biathlon  Mike Sherman Male Biathlon Veteran  Heidi Glovack Female Biathlon  Gabriel Jose Matos Male Snatch  Jordan Tyjeski Female Snatch  Lisa Craig Female Snatch Veteran  Tomasz Potaczek Male Long-Cycle 85kg category  Ivan Diachenko Male Long-Cycle 78kg category  Elizabeth Brown Female Long-Cycle  Catherine Daniels Female One Arm Long-Cycle 68+ category  Marlena Klimkiewicz Female One Arm Long-Cycle 58kg category  A small but might group of lifters competed in the first ever Arnold Kettlebell Sport Competition ½ marathon. In it Dan Wells took first place in Snatch by snatching 16kg 593 times. In the 12kg Snatch, Dan Barnhizer took first with 587 repetitions. Congratulations to them and all the other lifters who all went the 30-minute distance.  Along with the classic kettlebell sport competition, Brad Hutchins took first place in the vintage Strength 25 pound mace competition and Jason Tackett too first in the 30 pound competition. On Sunday GSPlanet Kettlebell FACE-OFF was held on the Arnold Classic Rogue Main Stage. The Arnold spectator crowd was really into the action as six competitors, in pairs of two, competed head to head in Long-cycle. Snatch and Jerk. The overall winner was Mnukh Roman from Ukraine.  If your are not already, 

it’s time to begin training for the USA Kettlebell Sport National Championship taking place May 5-6 in Wilton CT. The National Championship determines the “best of the best” in kettlebell sport. Besides determining the best national lifters, it is also the draft qualification event for the 2018 edition of Team USA that will compete in the IUKL World Kettlebell Sport Championship. This year the World Championship takes place in Daugavpils Latvia October 10-15. Details on the USA Kettlebell Sport Championship, the Team USA qualification process, and IUKL World Championship will appear here soon. 

 The next competition in the AKA USA Cup Series, is the Keystone Classic Open Championship in Lewisburg Pennsylvania July 14 followed a week later by USA Cup Series #3 the Mid-West Open Championship on July 21st. 

 Thanks for being a part of our nationwide and world wide kettlebell community.

 Lift for Life! 

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