Saturday, August 11, 2012

True Thai's connection to Olympic Gold!

No, True Thai does not have any connection to Team USA's Olympic basketball team. But my weightlifting trainer Katie knows Gyorgy Szalai, and he trained Behdad Salimikordasiabi, the 370-pound Iranian weightlifter who won the Gold medal in the men's 105+ kg. class.

Behdad lifted 455 kg. or 2.7 times his own weight. Try multiplying your weight by 2.7. Do you think you could lift that much weight? I would have to lift 260 lbs. to match what Behdad did. I do not think I will ever lift 260 lbs., but if I do, I will be sure to let you know.

How likely is it that I will ever be able to lift 260 lbs.? The smallest women's weight class is 48 kg. (105 lbs.).  This year the Gold medal winner, Wang Mingjuan of China, lifted 205 kg. (451 lbs.). That's 4.3 times her own weight! I think that is very impressive for someone my height. I do not think I will try to beat her record.