Mitch Blackburn, USA

“I have no GS hero in particular because in general, the people I look up to are the athletes starting from scratch. In a joking sense, I was raised into this sport. I have a great coach (my dad, Ken Blackburn) and all the necessary tools simply handed to me right from the get-go. I didn’t have to decide to make the change, or buy a gym membership, or find a coach. So the guy/girl who shows up to a competition alone with zero ties to anyone, and gives a max effort all on their own, will always be someone I respect.”

Amanda Wegner, USA

“I really, really, really hope that we can get over our personal differences soon and just compete together at the World Championships under one flag. I don’t think that the best of the best that our country has were truly represented last year. Having our best out there will make the world stand up and take us seriously, and it will certainly bring more attention to the sport.”

Clara O’Connor, Ireland

Meet Clara O’Connor, kettlebell sport athlete and proud member of the National Irish Team. Although we have never met in person, she has inspired me and my team as we watched a video of her snatching a 24kg bell at competition earlier this year. She also managed to inspire me this week with one of…