U.S.A. Powerlifting Monadnock SummerSlam

  • The USA Powerlifting Monadnock SummerSlam took place at ConVal High School on Saturday Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The USA Powerlifting Monadnock SummerSlam took place at ConVal High School on Saturday Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The USA Powerlifting Monadnock SummerSlam took place at ConVal High School on Saturday Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The USA Powerlifting Monadnock SummerSlam took place at ConVal High School on Saturday Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The USA Powerlifting Monadnock SummerSlam took place at ConVal High School on Saturday Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The USA Powerlifting Monadnock SummerSlam took place at ConVal High School on Saturday Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The USA Powerlifting Monadnock SummerSlam took place at ConVal High School on Saturday Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The USA Powerlifting Monadnock SummerSlam took place at ConVal High School on Saturday Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The USA Powerlifting Monadnock SummerSlam took place at ConVal High School on Saturday Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The USA Powerlifting Monadnock SummerSlam took place at ConVal High School on Saturday Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The USA Powerlifting Monadnock SummerSlam took place at ConVal High School on Saturday Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The USA Powerlifting Monadnock SummerSlam took place at ConVal High School on Saturday Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The USA Powerlifting Monadnock SummerSlam took place at ConVal High School on Saturday Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The USA Powerlifting Monadnock SummerSlam took place at ConVal High School on Saturday Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The USA Powerlifting Monadnock SummerSlam took place at ConVal High School on Saturday Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The USA Powerlifting Monadnock SummerSlam took place at ConVal High School on Saturday Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The USA Powerlifting Monadnock SummerSlam took place at ConVal High School on Saturday Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The USA Powerlifting Monadnock SummerSlam took place at ConVal High School on Saturday Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The USA Powerlifting Monadnock SummerSlam took place at ConVal High School on Saturday Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 8/21/2019 4:25:52 PM

Despite the bar Shelby Letourneau held in front of her, loaded with nearly 300 lbs. of weights, she couldn’t help but break out a huge grin after her final deadlift at Saturday’s USA Powerlifting Monadnock SummerSlam at ConVal. Letourneau’s been competing in the powerlifting arena since April, and Saturday was big for her, as she completed all nine of her lifts across three events, setting personal records in bench press and in that final deadlift. After scooping up the bar and its 127.5 kg (281 lbs.), she knew she had it —and so did the crowd, who let her hear it on her PR lift.

“This is nerve-wracking,” Letourneau said, “but it’s cool because you all hype each other up. The crowd pumps you up.”

Letourneau’s first foray into competition was “rough,” as she failed to complete any of the squats, but she’s come a long way since then, working on her depth — squatting lower — to improve her performance.

She began training in her sister-in-law Megan’s basement gym, and now she’s hooked on powerlifting.

“It’s just the adrenaline, hitting the heavy numbers and knowing what your body can do,” Letourneau said.


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