The First to 300 Lb.

By Karyn Marshall

In Athletes, CrossFit Games, Olympic Lifts, Videos

September 18, 2011

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Karyn Marshall placed sixth in the Masters 55-60 category at the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games. However, competition is nothing new for this veteran weightlifter. Marshall was the first woman to exceed 300 lb. in the clean and jerk.

Marshall set a Guinness Book of World Records standard for her achievement because at that time there were no women’s weightlifting competitions at the national or world level.

Marshall says she enjoys CrossFitting more than she did weightlifting.

“It’s more fun,” she says. “Back in September of 2010, I went into CrossFit Shrewsbury with Stef Hicks, and I fell in love with CrossFit, and I haven’t stopped since.”

She continues: “I am definitely more fit. I was a specialist and proud of it. But now I’m better at more things, and I’m fitter, I’m leaner.”

After the final event at the Games, Marshall expresses her exhilaration.

“It’s so much more fun as a Master,” she says. “I’m having a blast. This weekend, I’m just so thrilled to be here. I’m honored to be here.”

9min 42sec

Additional reading: Hear Her Roar by Andréa Maria Cecil, published March 3, 2011.

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6 Comments on “The First to 300 Lb. ”


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That's awesome Karyn, keep up the strong work. Looking forward to watching you compete in 2012!


wrote …

Inspiring. Great interview, Sevan.


wrote …

OMG!!! I love this lady! Her energy is amazing! Wish I knew more people like this! Keep kicking major ass Karyn! Can't wait to see you again next year!


wrote …

Love this video! That is the spirit that I love to see in competition. Keep up the great work!


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You are an inspiration! I was a sucessful Power lifter at the collegiate level about the same time you were oly lifting in the 70's and early 80's and love CrossFit for all the same reasons you do. The compeition, the barbells and feeling very fit! You do have much energy and I hope to meet you some day.


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Awesome interview and video Karyn! Keep up the amazing work!!

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