Watch Thuridur Helgadottir’s Epic Double Save in the Clean & Jerk

Now, this is a lift that will go down as one of the craziest saves we’ve seen at a weightlifting meet.

Thuridur Helgadottir is an athlete who is rapidly making a name for herself in her home country of Iceland — the world’s unofficial headquarters of Very Strong People — and Icelandic Weightlifting just posted a video of her nail-biting performance in a recent meet in Mosfellsbær. This might be all the proof we need that she has the true grit of a career athlete.

Helgadottir weighs in at 58.8kg, so while she generally competes as a 58kg athlete, she would be competing in the 63kg class here. In any case, this is a 1.8x bodyweight clean & jerk, which is extremely competitive, though it’s a little tough to work out if her knee touches the platform (which would make it a no-lift). If you watch the shadow, there’s a case to be made that she does indeed hit the platform (maybe?!) but it’s nonetheless impressive — most people would probably lose the lift after sinking that low.

Thuridur Helgadottir isn’t quite as well known as some of her fellow Icelandic athletes but she’s a serious contender who, like Sara Sigmundsdottir, competes in both Olympic weightlifting and CrossFit, and she’s made several appearances at the Reebok CrossFit Games. You can see some of her performance in the Regional Nate at last year’s Meridian Regional below, courtesy of the CrossFit Games’ Instagram account.

In an interview with BoxRox in 2015, she said that she and many young Icelandic athletes are motivated by the example of Annie Thorisdottir. At the time, her weak point was heavy deadlifts and her strengths were muscle ups, which we believe after watching this clip of her performing sixty kipping pull-ups in under ninety seconds.

We’re definitely looking forward to her performance in this year’s Regionals.

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Featured image via @icelandic_weightlifting on Instagram.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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