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Interview: Stephanie Palacol
Matt Foreman | Interviews | June 29 2016 | Comments

If you’ve been following American weightlifting for an extended length of time, you know that there’s been a population explosion in recent years, especially in the women’s division. The old “lifting weights makes women look bad” ... Continue reading
Interview: Kevin Cornell
Matt Foreman | Interviews | June 1 2016 | Comments

Eighteen years old is a late start in Olympic weightlifting, if you’re talking about making a serious run at the Olympic Team. Many of you are old geezers who started this sport in your 20s and 30s, so you’re scoffing at the idea that 18 is “... Continue reading
Interview: Leo Totten
Matt Foreman | Interviews | March 30 2016 | Comments

Leo Totten has done more for weightlifting in the United States than the vast majority of people involved in the sport. I realize that’s a huge statement to open this interview with, but it’s totally appropriate in this case. Leo started his road i... Continue reading
Interview: Brian Wilhelm
Matt Foreman | Interviews | March 16 2016 | Comments

When I decided to interview Brian Wilhelm, I knew I was going to have to ask him about his father. I almost didn’t want to bring it up, because I’m sure he hears about it constantly. Being an Olympic weightlifter and also being Bruce Wilhelm’... Continue reading
Interview: Samantha Lower
Matt Foreman | Interviews | February 24 2016 | Comments (1)

It’s a lot of fun to hear from weightlifters who have gone through the whole range of experiences in this sport. The excitement of getting started, the great early years when you’re constantly getting better and improving, the plateaus, the injurie... Continue reading
Interview: Ursula Garza Papandrea
Matt Foreman | Interviews | February 10 2016 | Comments

When I set up this interview, it occurred to me that I’ve known Ursula Garza Papandrea throughout my entire weightlifting career. She’s one of the few people I interview who has been in the sport longer than I have. I don’t remember where we ... Continue reading
Interview: James Tatum
Matt Foreman | Interviews | January 20 2016 | Comments

“That guy with the beard looks pretty good.” That’s what I said the first time I saw James Tatum compete. It was at the 2012 American Open in Palm Springs, I believe. This was the time period when the Great USAW CrossFit Population Explosion,... Continue reading
Interview: Carissa Gordon Gump
Matt Foreman | Interviews | January 6 2016 | Comments

We all love those touching stories about athletes who start at the bottom and then go all the way to the top, right? You know the ones I’m talking about. A young kid wanders into a gym one day and learns about a sport. Then years go by as the kid trains ... Continue reading
Interview: Kara Doherty
Matt Foreman | Interviews | December 23 2015 | Comments (1)

These days, it’s much easier than it used to be if you’re an Olympic lifter and you’re looking for a place to train. Because of the CrossFit explosion that’s happened over the last ten years, most cities in this country (and other count... Continue reading
Interview: Travis Cooper
Matt Foreman | Interviews | December 9 2015 | Comments

A young kid plays sports in high school. At some point, his coaches introduce him to weight training and he learns that it will make him a better athlete. Over time, his skills in the weight room begin to excel. When he graduates from high school, he doesn&rsq... Continue reading
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