Tag Archives: Norway

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The Man Behind Norway’s Top Female Kettlebell Lifters

If you’ve been around the Kettlebell Sport world in the past couple years, you may have noticed that the Norwegian female lifters are making impressive strides in the sport, especially in double kettlebell events. You may have read this article about the 3 record-breaking female Master of Sports Norway has produced, and noticed that all of them named the same man as their coach: Mauricio Kjeldner. Personally, I love learning how other coaches coach, and I was curious to ask Mauricio some questions – clearly he is a talented coach who has produced some amazing athletes! Check out the interview below for his responses.

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Famous actress becomes Kettlebell Sport enthusiast

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How do I spell your name correctly?
Helén Vikstvedt.

What do you do for a living?
I’m an actress. I perform at the national theater in Oslo for the time being, and I’m in a Norwegian film that is playing now. I do improv and teach improv as well.

What is your work schedule like?
I rehearse and perform 4-6 times per week, often with two shows on the weekend. I do other work in the daytime, such as recording commercials for the radio or filming for a TV series. Occasionally I work with a touring country and tour Norway. If I do films like I did last year, I travel to Hungary and Germany to shoot. Now I mostly work in Oslo because I have a young daughter.  Continue reading

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Overcoming amputation to become a World Champion in Kettlebell Sport: Christian Einarsen

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Christian Einarsen competing in 24kg Biathlon at the IUKL Kettlebell Sport World Championships in Dublin, Ireland in 2015.

Where do you live and what do you do for work?
I live in a small town called Søgne just outside Kristiansand in the southern part of Norway. I work offshore for Maersk drilling.

What is your athletic background?
My previous athletic background is as close to nonexistent as it gets. Except for playing soccer in elementary school, sports never interested me.

What happened to your right hand and how did that accident change your life?
In January 2009, I did a routine test of our emergency generator onboard which is cooled by a radiator and a fan (just like your car is). During the test run my hand came in contact with the radiator fan which was 2 meter in diameter and made of steel. I was evacuated to Stavanger and finally to Oslo where the surgeons decided they could not reattach any of my fingers. Continue reading

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