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Local Weightlifter Kim Granzow Qualifies For Nationals

on August 10, 2017 - 10:11am
Local weightlifter Kim Granzow has worked out at CrossFit Los Alamos on DP Road since 2012 and qualified for National Masters Championships. Courtesy photo

Weightlifter Kim Granzow, right, of Los Alamos, with her daughter and coach Rachel Graznow, competes at the USAW National Masters Championships in March in Savannah, Ga. Courtesy photo

 
By BERNADETTE  LAURITZEN
Los Alamos
 
What does geology have in common with USA Weightlifting and local athlete Kim Granzow? A transplant from Texas with a degree from the University of New Mexico, Granzow worked in the oil and gas industry, became a stay at home mom for more than a decade, and now works as an Environmental Scientist and Specialist for the New Mexico Environment Department’s DOE Oversight Bureau in Los Alamos.
 
Granzow began lifting weights in college and continued off and on until she joined CrossFit Los Alamos in 2012 where she learned the sport of weightlifting and later signed up to train with daughter Rachel for her first meet in February of 2016.
 
Rachel, a certified USA Weightlifting coach and personal trainer, worked with her mom to accomplish her goals.
 
“Weightlifting is fun. I would encourage anyone to give it a try,” Granzow said. “I didn’t realize how technical it is as a sport.”
 
Her second meet was in Santa Fe in January 2017, where she broke the New Mexico state record in the snatch with 30 kg, tied the record for the clean and jerk with 36 kg, and broke the record for the total with 66 kg. Granzow qualified for and competed at the USAW National Masters Championships, held in March in Savannah, Ga.
 
“I came in second and lifted personal bests in both events: 31 kg snatch and 38 kg clean and jerk,” Granzow said. “The whole experience was thrilling. I never
thought I would compete in anything at the national level.”
 
Last weekend, Granzow competed at The Miller Gym’s “Summertime and the Lifting is Easy” meet. Fellow athletes Kelly Gill and Kim Laskey of CrossFit Los Alamos had already qualified for the 2018 Masters Nationals Championships at the New Mexico State Games in June.
 
“I wanted to be able to go with Kelly and Kim if they wind up competing at nationals in 2018, so I started training a couple of months ago,” Granzow said. “I told Rachel that my only goal was to qualify for nationals.”
 
She did just that, tying her old record of 30 kg in the snatch and breaking the previous state record from 2011 in the clean and jerk with 39 kg. Granzow also broke her own state record with a 69 kg total.
 
Granzow works out five days a week at CrossFit Los Alamos on DP Road, but also loves to read, garden, travel, and visit friends and family. She is wife to Howard and mother to Rachel and Brian.

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