Christine Carosi & Pat Griffin Headed to the Arnold Weightlifting Championships

We are so excited that Coach Pat Griffin and SFCFer Christine Carosi are competing this weekend at the The Arnold Weightlifting Championships in Columbus, OH.   Coach Diane Fu will be coaching these two Fu Barbell athletes in their vision quest to hit their personal bests in the snatch & clean & jerk.   We will also be keeping an eye on friend of SFCF Katie Hogan as she attempts to lift some huge weights just a few days before she begins her bid to qualify for the 2013 Crossfit Games.

The Weightlifting Championships are one of over 40 sports and events held annually in downtown Columbus as part of the Arnold Sports Festival, will host weightlifters from every continent on the planet (well, except Antarctica) and is one of only two qualifying events for the 2013 World Weightlifting Championships and Pan American Championships for USA Weightlifting.

In addition to showcasing world-class lifters from Canada to Ecuador, Colombia to Cameroon, the 2013 Arnold Weightlifting Championships has also reserved two special sessions on Friday evening for CrossFitters only. “CrossFit is arguably the best thing ever to have happened to weightlifting in the United States,” says Rachel Crass, co-director of the event. “The sport’s popularity is booming, and the lifts are on television again. It’s incredible. We want to show the world that CrossFitters can not only perform the lifts, but they can perform them well, with solid technique and competitive weights. We want to show the world what CrossFitters can do with the quick lifts.”

Diane will be documenting the whole weekend on Instagram so you can follow her @DianeFu.   Good luck Pat, Christine, and Katie!