Challenge: Two-arm stone lift
Disabled strength sports competitor, James Spurgin, dreamt of doing a two-arm stone lift, despite having no function in his right arm, and his team made it a reality.
James Daniel Spurgin is known to most as @1armpower via social media. He is an American disabled strength sports competitor, Project Manager and former United States Marine Corps Sergeant. He spent his youth in southern California where he competed in Muay Thai Kickboxing and Jiu Jitsu. In 2006, James was involved in a motorcycle accident that left him with a 100% brachial plexus injury to his right arm. He began his Disabled Strength career in 2012; to date he has competed in Powerlifting, Strongman, Highland Games, Crossfit and Olympic Weightlifting as an Adaptive Athlete.
He has placed 1st in Standing Class B Worlds Strongest Disabled Man 2018, 2nd in America’s Strongest Disabled Athlete 2 times in 3 years and has taken 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in equipped and unequipped able bodied powerlifting over the last 6 years. He placed 1st in the Adaptive Highland Games and competed in able bodied Highland Games for an 8th place finish.
Now he has his sights set on a new goal: to lift the the legendary Husafell stone, a lifting stone located in Husafell, Iceland. To do so, he needs a device to allow him to use his right arm to hold and lift the stone with both arms.
Meet the Team:
A harness designed specifically to support and assist James as he lifts the stone. Pictured below is James demonstrating the lift with a practice stone during the CAMVETS Closing Ceremony.