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Long-Term Weightlifting Development…and Money
Matt Foreman

When you’re involved in Olympic weightlifting in this country, there are a lot of harsh truths you have to face. One of them is the fact that this country doesn’t really have a system set up for long-term development of weightlifters, from starting young kids in the sport all the way through their mid-20s peak years.
 
When I talk about a system for long-term development, I’m talking about the kind of system they have in places like China and Russia. In those...



1 Comments
Michael Sasin May 1 2017 1:44 pm
What we need is a way to attract the short guys. I'm not kidding. And I happen to be short myself so no one need take offense. The most common reason I hear for the lack of success in US Weightlifting is that the truly gifted athletes go where the money is, such as the NFL. There is some truth in that, but let's look at what is required to play in the NFL. The bulk (pun intended) of your NFL positions - lineman, linebackers, receivers - favor the taller player who is over 6 feet. Aren't most lineman like 6'3", 300 lbs? Sure, you may get a very talented and freakishly fast running back who is 5'8" and a ripped 220, and some cornerbacks are around 5'10", but most positions favor the tall athlete who is also brutally strong. In weightlifting, athletes over 6' are generally going to be in the 105+ class (with some exceptions). Even if you could round up all the 6'3", 300 lbs. linemen who couldn't make it in the NFL, you can't have a weightlifting team with just super heavies. So where are the short guys, who were very strong as teenagers and could play a "big man" position in high school, such as linebacker or even lineman, but were just "too small" to ever make past high school or maybe a small college? Those are the kids we need to recruit.
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