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Greg Everett
09-08-2007, 09:52 AM
Casey Burgener went heavy yesterday in training and snatched 182 for a PR - 400 lbs on the money.

John Alston
09-08-2007, 01:00 PM
Awesome. Good for him, and a strong showing from him in 08 will be good for out sport!

Sam Cannons
09-08-2007, 02:12 PM
HOLY SHIT ! For me, 182 is like unimaginable for a snatch. Thats such an incredible lift. Casey is a monster

Scott Kustes
09-09-2007, 10:13 AM
Wow...I can't even snatch 182 pounds.

Jonas Lind
09-09-2007, 11:23 PM
Fantastic.

Troy Archie
09-11-2007, 05:51 AM
What's his weight class?

John Alston
09-11-2007, 06:20 AM
He's 105+.
Not to cut him down in anyway, but there are olympians in the 85kg class that snatch that much... olympians are freaks.

Don Stevenson
09-11-2007, 06:37 AM
182 is legit!

Yep there are guys lifting more out there but the fact is that the majority of them are long term, full time lifters in countries that have weightlifting as a strong part of their sporting culture.

Is CAsey a full time professional lifter or does he have to work/study and how long has he been lifting seriously?

John Alston
09-11-2007, 07:02 AM
I don't know how "professional" Casey is (I bet someone on here knows more than I do), but he's young, and will likely develop for a while, getting stronger and better I expect. I see 200kg+ snatches in his future for sure.

Aimee Anaya Everett
09-11-2007, 07:24 AM
Casey is 24 and has been lifting since he was like, 7. He has been living at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for 7 years. There is no such thing as "professional" weightlifters in this country, unfortunately there just isn't a lot of money in this sport. But Casey is pretty much as professional as you can get, Lifting is all he does. He doesn't work, and he finished school- so he just trains.
Regarding him snatching what an 85kg Olympian may snatch, you need to keep in mind that we are probably one of the only countries that are drug tested monthly. Most countries are only tested in competition, and have millions of dollars to pay "nutritionists". So for an American lifter, Casey is as good as they come. He is the best male lifter we have, and earns us the most points internationally.

John Alston
09-11-2007, 08:46 AM
Right Aimee, that's what I meant by putting "professional" in quotes. I wish people could be real pro's and make money lifting in the USA. I'd pay to see him lift!
And the same on the international lifters:it's the word I hear again and again, that the top international lifters all basically do cycles.

Don Stevenson
09-12-2007, 06:05 AM
The opinion out here is along the lines of what Aimee has said. Basically that if weightlifting was a level playing field in terms of testing then things would be much closer between countries like the US and Australia and some other countries where drug testing is less rigorous.

We get drug testers in our gym all the time and they even test some of our up and coming lifters who haven't represented overseas.

Dave Paton
09-28-2007, 03:49 PM
Warning, devils advocate:

I don't doubt that other countries have more relaxed drug testing standards, but it is also possible that only the best genetically gifted athletes from other countries are weightlifting in the olympics and rest have been weeded out at an earlier age. I am sure there are many many athletes in the USA, who if they started training at age 7 and only lifted and did not work (like Casey)that at age 24, could lift weight comparable to other countries--regardless of the USA's strict drug testing. Let's not just say other countries cheat and that is why they are better, but let's think about the possibility that our best genetically gifted athlete's don't participate in weightlifting.

Leo Soubbotine
09-28-2007, 04:10 PM
You must also take in account popularity of the sport.

Here barely anyone knowns what weightlifting even is ( excercising on machines right?) while in the world it's a huge sport with a humongous pool of athletes starting early.

I bet for every 1 weightlifter in USA, China has 100. That makes a big difference.

Steven Low
09-28-2007, 04:39 PM
Definitely. Most of the more gifted athletes here in the USA go into sports like football, basketball and stuff like that.

Anyway, snatching 182 is amazing.

Jonathan Owen
10-01-2007, 02:47 AM
Def not popular in the U.S. I had no clue what a snatch was and I only thought I knew what a clean & jerk was before I started lifting. Now, when I tell people that I do O-lifting, the majority give me a blank stare and then immediately ask me a powerlifting related question. I can't blame them as O-lifting is not exactly mainstream any more.