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Old 11-15-2011, 11:13 PM   #1
Jennifer Walker
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NLI Competition- Costa Mesa, CA- Continental Clean

So this past Saturday, the Next Level Invitational took place at the OC Fairgrounds. The best of the best competed there, especially for the women, including the women of Valley CrossFit (Becca Voigt, Katie Hogan, Lindsey Valenzseula). One of the WODs was the "Clean Ladder" which mocked the Thruster Latter from Regionals (20 seconds to clean, 10 seconds to transition, 20 seconds to clean, 10 seconds to transition, etc). Andrea Ager, a newbie from Brick CrossFit in West Hollywood, opted to take part in this WOD using the Continental Clean technique (allowing her to pull the barbell up to her belt, where it could rest, then with several successive flips, the bar would be moved up the torso to the shoulders). During the WOD, several onlookers (and a judge) objected to her technique, however it was ruled that she was abiding by the rules (and even PR-ed her clean by 50lbs!). There has been arguing back and forth on Facebook since Saturday about whether or not she was "cheating." Ironically, her coach, Ronnie Teasdale, found a photo of Iceland Annie doing the Continental Clean on today, sparking even more controversy. I am reaching out to the CrossFit community, what are your thoughts?

PS if you view you can see her fail at 225lbs
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Old 11-16-2011, 11:15 AM   #2
Ryan Hoegner
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Re: NLI Competition- Costa Mesa, CA- Continental Clean

The rules clearly stated the continental clean was allowed. She took advantage of this. I don't see what the problem is.

Also, I don't know if I would consider her a newbie. She won the last NLI beating all the Valley CF girls including Kristen Clever.
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Old 11-16-2011, 11:37 AM   #3
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Re: NLI Competition- Costa Mesa, CA- Continental Clean

Looking back at weightlifting history you'll see that the term "continental clean" is a contradiction in terms, an oxymoron. A "continental" is an old-school lift that allowed the bar to touch or even rest on the thighs. A "clean" was the same lift except the bar was lifted cleanly to the shoulders without touching the thighs and in one motion without pause. So the correct term for the lift in question is simply a continental. There's nothing "clean" about it.

The continental was a contest lift in weightlifting in the pre-WWII era. The rule prohibiting the bar from touching the thighs during the clean (and the snatch, for that matter) was rescinded in 1962. Pausing during the clean is still prohibited.

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