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Monday, July 14, 2014

Powerlifter Kenneth ”Kenta” Sandvik

One of Åland’s largest export items, physically speaking, powerlifter Kenta Sandvik, now adorns an Åland stamp for the first time. Photographer Daniel Eriksson tagged along to the gym, Kenta’s home turf. 

About 20 years ago, Kenneth ”Kenta” Sandvik first slunk into the gym behind a friend who was more comfortable in the gym. Today, he competes in 8 to 10 competitions every year. He has seven world and six European championship medals on his shelf and has a place in the International Powerlifting Federations Hall of Fame. 

“I began to compete to stay motivated. And I aimed at not always ending up last,” Kenta Sandvik says. 

He has now been competing since 2001. At close to 40, he sees no reason to scale down or put down his barbells.

“I still find it stimulating and I enjoy the strong sense of fellowship in our club. The only thing that could make me want to quit is if I hurt myself or lose the incentive.” 

For the sake of the anecdote, we should let you know that Kenta Sandvik works for Åland Post. Therefore, we are likely to have the strongest mail carrier in the world working for us. 

Thank you Ella.


Kevin Miller said...

Hi Vijay,
Wow, I remember I have watched Kenneth Sandvik in the 2011 Bench Nationals. My heart was racing when he lifted off that huge 300+ kgs (I think). Who would’ve thought that before, he just slunk into the gym behind a friend who’s more comfy in the gym than him? I agree that you will definitely enjoy working out and going to the gym if you have a very supportive friend or group of friends inside the gym. Wow, the last paragraph definitely surprised me. I didn’t know he worked in the post office! Kudos to him that he has his very own stamp!
Since it’s a rather very new stamp, I’m pretty sure it’s not yet listed here in this favorite stamp site of mine, StampWorld.com. I shall inform them of this new stamp and pretty soon it will be posted in their site as well. Thanks for sharing Vijay! I shall come back and visit your site again soon..

Rachel Markwick said...

Great story! Will look out for him - he should compete in World's Strongest Man competition.