A 7-year-old Canadian girl became the youngest weightlifter to win the US junior national weightlifting championship when she lifted 80 kg of barbells. figure
Rory Van Ulft, a 7-year-old Canadian girl, became the youngest American weightlifter to win the US junior national weightlifting championship when she lifted 80 kilograms of barbells. Her father, Cavan, called his daughter “the strongest little girl in the world.”
According to the Daily Mail, the 122-centimeter Ulf began lifting weights at the age of five as a gymnast. In just two years, she has been able to use the Olympic standard barbell for the snatch of 32 kilograms, the clean and jerk of 42 kilograms, the squat of 61 kilograms and the stiff of 80 kilograms. She spends nine hours a week doing gymnastics and four hours lifting weights. The reason for this participation is that Canada does not have a junior Olympic-style weightlifting championship.
“I feel like I can do more and I’m not afraid to try anything. When I lift weights, I don’t think about anything. I just clear my mind and do it.” But Wolft says she has no Olympic ambitions yet: “Things like that don’t really matter to me.”
Ms. Wolfowitz noted that Ms. Wolfowitz is supervised by an experienced weightlifting and gymnastics coach, as well as a family doctor and a sports-medicine pediatrician, “so it’s safe.”
Wolft, who also won a bronze medal on the balance beam in her local competition, admitted that she preferred gymnastics to weightlifting because “you don’t lift things above the head”.