American bobsledder Justin Olsen shows off some serious strength (photo)

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American bobsledder Justin Olsen shows off some serious strength (photo)

If you’ve ever wondered what Olympic strength looks like, look no further than American bobsledder Justin Olsen.

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Olsen is a member of the American four-man bobsledding team that will look to repeat as gold-medal winners beginning on Feb. 22. With his event more than a week away, Olsen is still training hard, and AP photographer Tom Withers captured him doing some extremely impressive weight training.

He is leaping quite high off the ground with 180 pounds of weight on his shoulders. Coupled with his body weight, that’s 415 pounds. That is some serious leg and lower back strength.

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Olsen, a native of San Antonio, Texas, described his current training to Stack as “high intensity and low volume.” This showcase of pure strength certainly fits the bill for the 2010 gold-medal winner.

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Olsen, who is also a sergeant in the New York National Guard, had never even been in a bobsled before his tryout in 2007. The tryout, which Olsen compared with the NFL combine (timed run, lifting, broad jump, etc.), showcased Olsen’s athleticism. Remarkably, just three years later, Olsen won gold in Vancouver.

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