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Swedish soccer player lifts more than 99% of people on the planet

On the Internet, everyone is awesome. Everyone warms up with more weight than you’ve ever seen lifted in a commercial gym.



And because they’re all so awesome, no accomplishment or body of work can ever be awesome enough to escape the Internet’s dismissive scorn.

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But every now and then, the Internet collectively shifts out of douche mode to celebrate an otherwise obscure high point in someone else’s life.

So it is with this viral video (below) of Lee Winroth, a 17-year-old, 147-pound Swedish soccer player, in which she deadlifts 418 pounds—nearly three times her body weight.


Had this been a clean lift in a sanctioned powerlifting meet, it would surpass the current world record of 385 pounds, set earlier this year by an Alaska high schooler, who was several pounds heavier.

Winroth’s best deadlift in competition is 374 pounds, which she accomplished in two meets earlier this year.

Perhaps most extraordinary of all: She’s a serious soccer player, a striker on the first-place team in Sweden’s second division, which means her team will be promoted to the highest women’s pro league next year.

To give you an idea of how competitive it is at the top in Sweden, one of her teammates is 23-year-old Meghan Toohey, who was an all-American at Michigan. Winroth, who’s come off the bench in eight games this season, is one of the younger players on her team.

She told a Swedish sports site that she lifts to get stronger and more explosive, and to come out ahead in “close combat” (according to the Google translation), which should worry opponents who’ll be on the receiving end of those attacks in the next few years.

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What I find most endearing about Winroth’s video—and what should temporarily override the Internet’s “my dog craps bigger than your PR” tendencies—is what she does right after she drops the weight: She swears like a sailor. An American sailor.

I don’t know why a Swedish teenager would celebrate a world-record-territory lift by strafing the weight room with F-bombs. But it’s nice to know some sentiments need no translation.

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