In Complete 2009 Games, Videos

December 25, 2009

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This is the 13th installment of the Complete 2009 CrossFit Games videos, and the second part of the women’s competition. Here is complete coverage of the women’s deadlift event.

This event was the first of its kind: athletes were tasked with lifting one heavy deadlift every 30 seconds until they failed. The women started at 185 lb., and tried to move through 20 bars, each 10 lb. heavier than the last, until the final 375-lb. bar was reached. And this was about an hour after that brutal 7-kilometer run.

We now know how strong these women actually were, but at the time, there was widely varying speculation about how far up the ladder the competitors would be able to go. Very few spectators thought the heaviest bars would leave the ground after such a difficult run, and no one expected athletes to be setting PRs. In spite of the conditions, many women ended up with PRs in the process, including Cyndi Frieling, the only woman to lift all 20 bars, and second-place finishers Jenny Olson and Caroline Attmore (both 355 lb.).

There are interviews with: Jocelyn Forest, Caity Matter, Tamara Holmes, Laura DeMarco, Lauren Plumey, Jenny Olson, Tanya Wagner, Breanne Feudale, Crystal McReynolds, Dana Lynch, Tia McDougal, Nikki Hall,

34min 10sec
HD file size: 1 GB
SD wmv file size: 429 MB
SD mov file size: 391 MB

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6 Comments on “Part 13: Deadlift - Women’s 09 Games”


wrote …

It would be great if you could attach the pdf with the event result on these video posts.

For whatever reason, I remembered far more about the men's events than the women's.


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Whoooooaaa! These women are inspiring. Did you see all those PRs!! Holy shit! Talk about fighting through the lift. Some of them hung on sooooo long with the bar on their thighs.

To me, this one event sums up the spirit of the games better than any other. Now, go out and get your PR!


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On top of the motivational push from the crowd and excitement that exist at the games, I wonder how many of the athletes setting PR's would have attempted those weights given the degradation of form on the prior lifts. Nevertheless, incredible inspirational.


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Thank you so much for the time and effort put into these videos. These women are beyond inspiring. Anytime I'm thinking about dropping the weight or stopping to rest during a workout I think back to these videos....PR'ing DL's after a 7.1k!!! Inspiring.


Olivia de Santis wrote …

Wow. Great video. Amazing to see some of these women look like they are going through convulsions on their final deadlifts but then sticking it at the end.


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Sevan, I know you replied to one of my comments on another video, and I'm not sure whether it was something you originally planned or not, but seeing reactions from the eliminated athletes made this all the better for me. They did a lot to get into the competition, and having the competition carry on with ten names just slipping off the list wouldn't feel right, somehow. Great videos.

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