Kids, don’t try this at home…
I’m glad you asked.
Down at those Commonwealth Games in India, they just had the finals of the “Big Honking Barbell Catch.” Here’s a shot of the gold medal winner in action.
How does that work?
Pretty much as it would in the cartoons. They take 150-pound weights up 20 flights of stairs and drop them from a roof, and each competitor tries to catch one.
As you can see here, the winner showed fairly good form, catching the barbell just above his belt buckle.
Wow! “Fairly good form?” I’d say he looks VERY impressive! Did he do anything wrong?
He was supposed to catch it with his teeth.
Then why didn’t one of the other athletes win, instead?
Ahem. I’d show you their photos, but this is supposed to be a family-friendly blog. This dude is the only competitor with any chance of winning a toothpaste endorsement, if you catch my drift.
Seth Degbe Fetrie of Ghana is pinned under the bar during an unsuccessful attempt in the men’s 69kg weightlifting competition at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi October 6, 2010. REUTERS/Amit Dave