GRAPHIC: OLYMPIC LIFTER SUFFERS HORRIFIC INJURY IN RIO

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Strength sports can be extremely gratifying for those who make considerable gains. Whether you’re a bodybuilder, powerlifter, or Olympic lifter, anyone involved in strength based sports are likely to feel a rush of excitement at the fact that they’re able to put up numbers that most humans are incapable of lifting. Many people look at these strength based endeavors as activities and not sport at all. But what these critics don’t understand are the dangers inherent of these athletic endeavors. With one small slip up it could mean the end of a career.

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All it takes is one time for things to go wrong and a strength based athlete can find themselves on the sidelines. Take Armenian Olympic lifter Andranik Karapetyan. He was finding success during the 2016 Olympic games in Rio and was looking to once again put up some impressive numbers while trying to complete the clean and jerk. Unfortunately for the Olympic level weightlifter, he found a major setback waiting for him instead. There are injuries and then there’s what happened to Andranik Karapetyan. Take a look at the video below, but be forewarned, the content is extremely graphic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0VjpgF_EV8

So what is Karapetyan to do now? His Olympic dreams have been crushed and he has an injury into the bargain. While many would simply give up on the endeavor, what’s more likely is that Karapetyan will heal up, rehab the injury, then once again hit the weights. For a strength athlete lifting isn’t simply a hobby, it’s a way of life. Karapetyan worked hard to get to the Olympic level and you can bet that he’ll be back to action as soon as humanly possible. It was a devastating blow, but if the young Armenian has confidence in his abilities, then this will simply be a bump in the road of his life’s journey.

Have you ever suffered a major lifting injury?

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Jonathan Salmon
Managing editor of Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. He has been writing about bodybuilding, combat sports, and strength sports for over 8 years. Check out his YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Sound Cloud for in-depth MMA analysis.