“Two chalk covered hands grasp the barbell. Her hands calloused from hours of repetitions. Her head is in perfect alignment with her shoulders and back, several voices can be heard in the background shouting words of encouragement.
She lifts her head up and then the room goes silent, the bar starts to ascend slowly off the ground until it reaches the middle of her thighs.
In a flash of raw power and speed, she throws bar over her head while descending into full squat then exploding into a full standing position holding the bar overhead completing the Olympic lift known as the snatch.
‘I love snatching in training, but I definitely feel more comfortable clean and jerking in competition,’ said Ali Ludwig.
Ali Ludwig 25, is the first ever National Champion in the 90 kg weight class in sport of Olympic Weightlifting.”
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