Girevoy Sport (Kettlebell Sport or abbreviated GS) is a combination of
strength-endurance, efficiency of motion, and mental toughness. Gireviks
(GS Athletes) compete in two events, Traditional and Long Cycle. Traditional
(also referred to as Biathlon) comprises two lifts; the Kettlebell Snatch and
Kettlebell Jerks, Long Cycle is the Kettlebell Clean & Jerk. Gireviks compete
for maximum repetitions with a fixed weight in a ten minute set.
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opportunity to develop while experiencing the excitement of international sports.
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GS is an outgrowth of the kettlebell lifting done by strength athletes dating
back to the 18th century. Kettlebells fell into obscurity in the west during the
early 20th century but continued a long tradition of development in Eastern
Europe and was formalized as a sport in Russia in 1948. Originally
envisioned as an introductory sport for Weightlifting, GS lagged in
development in the following decades but continued to grow among rural
youth, workers, the Soviet Army, and the Soviet Navy. The competition model
kettlebell was developed in the 1960's and by 1974 GS had been declared
an ethnic sport of Russia. The first official championship was held in 1985
and the prestigious title Master of Sports of the Soviet Union was authorized,
attracting many to the sport and spurring the growth of international
The kettlebell was re-popularized in the US at the turn of the century by Pavel
Tsatsouline, soon followed by the introduction of Girevoy Sport by the
now-defunct North American Kettlebell Federation; currently there is no
national governing body.
Weightlifting is a combination of explosive strength, skill, and
concentration. Weightlifters compete in two lifts; the Snatch and the
Clean & Jerk. Lifters are given three attempts to achieve a maximum
weight in each lift, competitions are final, and the athletes are ranked
by their performance.
The first Weightlifting World Championship was held in London on
March 28th, 1891 with seven competitors from six countries and
appeared in the first modern Olympic Games in Athens, Greece
(1896). Women’s Weightlifting debuted at the 2000 Olympic Games
in Sydney, Australia. American Tara Nott won gold making her the
first woman and the first American to win an Olympic gold medal in
Weightlifting in 40 years; American Cheryl Haworth also won bronze.
Weightlifting is governed by the International Weightlifting Federation
(IWF) head quartered in Budapest, Hungary which comprises 167
member nations with approximately ten thousand athletes
competing annually. USA Weightlifting, headquartered in Colorado
Springs, CO, is a member of the IWF and America’s national
We are a 501(c)(3) dedicated to Weightlifting and Girevoy Sport.