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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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 competition.
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 single governing body. The American / World Kettlebell Club, the
US / International Girevoy Sport Federation, the International Union of Kettlebell Lifting, and the International Kettlebell & Fitness Federation all
conduct meets, maintain ranking standards, and offer certifications.
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 governing body.