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St. Cloud firefighter breaks record, wins gold in police and fire games

Posted on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 4:37 pm

Editor’s note: This story was first posted on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2013. Subscribe to the News-Gazette archives at :https://circulation.lakewaypublishers.com/ncs/uss2eefllogin.cshtml?Dir=ong&Subscription=4

 

 St. Cloud Fire Rescue firefighter/emergency medical technician Tommy Lindholm is an avid public servant and bench presser. He recently broke a world record and won a gold medal in the 2013 World Police & Fire Games in Belfast, Ireland.

St. Cloud Fire Rescue firefighter/emergency medical technician Tommy Lindholm broke a world record and won a gold medal in the 2013 World Police & Fire Games’ Bench Press event on Aug. 7. The games were held in Belfast, Ireland, Aug. 1-10.
“We are so proud of Tommy’s success,” said St. Cloud Fire Chief William Sturgeon. “He is not only an outstanding public servant, but he has also represented us very well at an international level.”
The Bench Press event was one of 25 events held during the games, which included volleyball, rugby, 10-pin bowling and racquet sports. Lindholm competed against athletes from around the world, including Poland, Spain and Sweden. The bench press portion consisted of three attempts. First, competitors nominate a weight lift and, if lifted successfully, competitors then move to the next stage to lift a heavier weight. Competitors have two chances to lift this weight and if not successful, the competitor is out of the competition. Different age and bodyweight categories were in place for male and female athletes. The lifts in this competition were strictly controlled, which made it harder to succeed, according to a city of St. Cloud press release.
Lindholm bench-pressed 410 pounds and broke a 10-year World Police & Fire Games record by two pounds in his weight class. He has been bench-pressing for eight years and trained primarily for this competition for one year.
“I really enjoyed the competition and consider this a great stepping stone to my future goals,” Lindholm said. “I will continue training and focus on the 2015 World Police & Fire Games. I hope to represent St. Cloud well and hopefully break the record again.”
Lindholm has been a city of St. Cloud employee since February 2012.