After opening the competition with an endurance event, Games organizers chose a deadlift ladder for WOD 2.
Sixteen men managed to pull their way through a series of bars loaded from 315 to 505, with noteworthy competitors such as Josh Everett, Jeremy Thiel, and Jason Khalipa all ripping the final bar off the ground.
The flamboyant Thiel screamed "Lightweight!" a la Ronnie Coleman after his final lift, and Jordan Holland actually laughed at the top of his pull.
"I was pretty happy. It felt good," said Holland, who felt after two events that the strength-focused Northwest Qualifier was a great prep for the Games.
Jerome Perryman boasts a max deadlift of 606 and blitzed through the bars.
"It was pretty easy, yeah," he said. "I wish they would have gone up a little higher to separate us more."
He continued: "After the run, I was a little bit concerned. I consider myself a pretty good runner, but everybody's good here, so I didn't know where that would put me... After the run my legs felt good. I stretched out, I ate and I was ready for the deadlift."
Sarah Dunsmore, first after WOD 1, PR'd but isn't sure if she lifted enough.
"It was OK," she said. "I hadn't deadlifted that before: 275. That was a 20 lb. PR. I feel like I could have potentially lifted that next one, but I've had back surgery before and I'd rather save my back than lift one more. There are more events. I kind of made a decision as it was coming up to drop it, and I can't tell yet how good or bad of a decision that was."
Cyndi Frieling was the top female. Her 66 lb. Her PR of 375 was ten pounds better than her previous best lift.
Twenty-one females broke the 300 lb. mark. Kristy Phillips, at 129 lb., pulled an impressive 295 lb.
The overall standings see J.C. Nessa in first, Peter Egyed in second and Thiel in third. Everett is eighth. Early leader Chris Spealler dropped to 37th after the strength event.
On the women's side, Tanya Wagner is in first, Charity Vale is in second, and Kristan Clever is in third. Sarah Dunsmore slipped to ninth after winning the first WOD.
On the international front, Icelander Annie Thorisdottir sits fourth, and Canadian Lauren Pryor is seventh.
For the international men, Mikko Salo is fourth and James (OPT) FitzGerald is 11th.
WOD 3 will be underway in moments.