Because you asked, here’s a list of famous athlete’s who have trained at Risto Sports with Coach Ivan Rojas:
Annie Thorisdottir, CrossFit Games Champion
Diego Salazar, Olympic Silver Medalist, weightlifting
Maryam Usman, Bronze medalist at Weightlifting world championships
Carlos Andica, weightlifting Pan Am Record holder, 205KG clean and jerk at 85kg
Johnny Andica, weightlifting Pan Am Champion
Luz Mercedes Acosta 5th in the Olympics, weightlifting
Gwendolyn Sisto, US Olympic Trials, weightlifting, 5th World University Championships
Lesbia Cruz, Guatemalan National Team, weightlifting
Javier Castillo, Guatemalan National Team, weightlifting
Check out our galleries and facebook pages for photos.
Risto Sports is proud to announce the luanching of our new model: The Risto Olimpico:
The elite weightlifting shoe: Hand made leather upper and interior, solid wood heel, natural rubber outsole, flexible forefoot to improve jerks.
As mentioned in our July 15, 2012 blog post, Risto Sports worked with a NYC designer, Storm Lewis, to develop a new and, even better model (http://www.ristosports.com/blog/?p=452). Well, moths of work ensued to bring the Olimpico to life. This included – finding a new manufacturing site, developing improved manufacturing methods, upgrading styling, adding performance features, improve long term durability of the shoe, and continuing to improve the overall quality and value of the shoe.
Why you should buy this shoe?
1. It will make you lift more! It’s designed by weightlifting experts and will outperform any flat sole shoe.
2. Hard wood heel insert, at a height that is optimized for hitting max snatches, clean and jerks, and squats.
3. Hand made in fair trade* conditions, by the only female run factory in Ecuador, in the America’s- just watch here:
4. Full leather upper ( Leather interior and exterior upper), for supreme fit that will improve over the lifetime of the shoe
5. Way cheaper than the big brands. The Risto’s are priced more than $20 less than the big brands.
What is different from our previous models?
1. It is lighter, because CrossFitters like light shoes.
2. Super flexible forefoot to improve jerks and decrease break-in time:
Natural rubber is better than plastic
3. Even more green footprint.
These models are made in Ecuador and are locally sourced. The leather, wood, and natural rubber all come from the area, reducing the carbon footprint.
4. No more metal eyelets on the exterior of the shoe.
Eyelets are only visible on the interior of the upper and not exposed on the exterior. This prevents them from damage and increases durability of shoe.
5. Improved drying methods extend life of the shoe exterior sole
Due to improved drying techniques, the seal between the rubber exterior footing and the wood heel is more durable.
To celebrate Election Day, the Risto Olimpico will be available for pre-sale Tuesday, November 6, 2012.
*Important Note: Currently, there are no Fair Trade organizations which certify products like weightlifting shoes. Hence, we have not sought fair trade certification.
Coach Ivan Rojas of Risto Sports (USA 2010 World University Team Assistant Coach) had the honor and privelege to aid relief workers in Japan. Coach Ivan was scheduled to give seminars at in Japan prior to the Tsunami.
After the Tsunami hit, Ivan was resolved to continue his trip. More importantly, through wieghtlifting Ivan was determined to do something positive for the Tsunami victims.
Ivan volunteered to unpack, sort, and repack food supplies in Tokyo. He stated, “the problem is not lack of food and supplies, it is volunteers to sort and distribute” food and supplies to the survivors.
Ivan also contrasted his experience to volunteer work he had done in US corporate settings:unlike past volunteer experiences, his volunteer work in Tokyo was hard work, physically and emotionally taxing. However, like all arduous tasks, Ivan found the experience to be life changing and humbling. Many of the locals showed Ivan gestures of respect such as bowing, noting that they were thankful for a foreigner to come to Japan and volunteer.
Finally, Ivan gave seminars at CrossFit Chikara and the Kyoto University Team. He is donating proceeds to Tsunami relief charity.
Congratulations to Coach Ivan Rojas. He will be assistant coach to the USA Weightlifting World University Team. Come see Ivan at our Olympic Day event, in conjunction with the USOC, June 23rd at 6:30PM at 953 Islington St, Portsmouth, NH 03801.
As part of the USOC’s Olympic Day celebration, Risto sports will celebrate with an Open workout and seminar on Cuban training system on June 23, 2010 at 6:30PM.
The event will be held at the Risto Weightlifting Academy at CrossFit Portsmouth :
953 Islington St
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Come by for a free workout and seminar!
From USOC.org “Olympic Day, held annually on June 23 is celebrated by thousands of people, in more than 160 countries. Commemorating the birth of the modern Olympic Games, Olympic Day is not only a celebration, but an international effort to promote fitness and well-being in addition to Olympic ideals of fair play, perseverance, respect and sportsmanship. “