Dr. Johannes Lierfeld, 39, has competed over 100 times in events involving seven different disciplines. He began his competitive athletic pursuits in 1999 by entering a bench press competition after several years of training. Wanting to become a well-rounded athlete, he turned to practicing submission grappling or Luta Livre and wrestled in tournaments. Next, the discovery of kettlebells and the competition form to use them derived from Russia and called Girevoy Sport consumed his attention. Excelling in kettlebells, he earned 5 times Gold at the GS Nationals. His athletic journey proceeded to include grip strength training, MAS Wrestling, participating in the Highland Games and Strongman competitions.
Johannes was born and resides in Cologne, Germany. He holds Master degrees in Media Science and German Literature, a diploma in screenwriting and wrote seven screenplays, including an award-winning science fiction thriller. He is currently preparing to submit his Habilitation thesis on the control problems of advanced artificial intelligence which will be published by Cambridge press.
2001 & 2007: 6th place at bench press Nationals (Germany)
2010-2012: 5 times 1st place in kettlebell sport Nationals
2014: 3rd place Grip Strength Nationals
2015: 3rd place MAS Wrestling Nationals and
3rd place European Grip Championships (-90kg category)