About American Weightlifting

American Weightlifting is the story of a sport in turmoil and the athletes and coaches whose passion drives them to succeed despite the odds. Amateur athletes and coaches with little or no financial support struggle to compete with the professionals who dominate the sport internationally. Training in garages, working full time jobs, ignored by the public and the media, American weightlifters strive to compete with the best in the world.

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"Exceptional athletes are people that get off on that altered state. They love to be in that position where everything works really well. And that's why you have people who will beat themselves to death and train as hard as they can for months just to have those few seconds on the platform where everything works well. I think it's an addiction to that altered state that weightlifting is really about."—Bob Takano

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