Katie Sandwina, circus strongwoman (1884 – January 21, 1952), born Katharina Brumbach in Vienna, Austria. Likely the first woman to first woman in history to clean and jerk over 300 lb (a record not equaled again until 1987 (by Karyn Marshall). Photos, History, Vintage, Strong Women, Strongwomen, Victorian Era, Charmion, Trapeze Artists, Circus
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Katie Sandwina (real name Kate Brumbach) came by her astonishing strength honestly—she was born into a family of performing strength specialists in Vienna, Austria. Her stage name was in honor of Eugene Sandow of physical culture fame.The six foot tall Sandwina had biceps measuring 17 inches. Like many strongwomen, she issued a public challenge offering to pay any man who could best her in wrestling or lifting weights. According to legend, she never lost.