Countdown to the Games
17-25 June 2023


Know your facts:

  • Powerlifting has been a sport at Special Olympics World Games since 1983
  • Unified Sports? No
  • Estimated number of athletes participating: 152

Deadlift, squat, and bench press: these are the three disciplines of Special Olympics powerlifting. For this, athletes need strength, endurance, and determination. The goal is to lift more weights than the opponent.

We have three Competitions:

  1. Bench Press
  2. Combined Bench Press and Deadlift
  3. Combined Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift

By the way:

In 1980, the first women's powerlifting competition was held in Lowell, Massachusetts.

On the photo, there is a concentrated looking athlete during his powerlifting competition.
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The photo shows an athlete during the Powerlifting competition.
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On the photo, there is an athlete lifting his fists with joy after finishing his competition in powerlifting.
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The photo shows a sports official and an athlete embracing.
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The photo shows an athlete doing deadlift. He is straining and screaming.
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The photo shows an athlete in action during Powerlifting. He is very concentrated.
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Powerlifting takes place on the grounds of Messe Berlin in Hall 5.2a.