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Letter to the WPC in which I step down as Brazilian representative

OBS: the mentioned letter and response from Mr. Sweeney will also be revealed later.   Dear Amy, I have received the e-mail in which you communicated the results of my teammates referee exams and, considering the extremely impolite previous response from Mike Sweeney to my (polite) letter pointing out problems at the Worlds, I decided …

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The International Powerlifting League (IPL) Worlds – a few acknowledgments

Between November 5-9, the International Powerlifting League (IPL) held its World Championship, with amazing achievements by lifters of all shapes, sizes and sexes. I was there from the first to the last day – as athlete, judge and official – and I suppose I can safely assume that everybody had a great time. This is …

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Sports blogging: the guru threat

Most people who enjoy collective sports like football, baseball or hockey will follow a blog to read about the sport, the players and technical comments about each game in a competitive season. In individual sports, especially in strength sports, the reality is unfortunately different. We have very few blogs devoted to providing news or competition …

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Nine things that would make everything easier to understand for powerlifters

There are SANCTIONED meets and NON SANCTIONED meets SANCTIONED meets are those that strictly follow a set of guidelines known as “rulebook” from a “sanctioning body”, also known as “federation” NON SANCTIONED meets are informal powerlifting competitions more or less inspired in traditional PL rules, but accommodating for local conditions (for example: lack of certified, …

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A few comments from Gordon Santee about the history of equipped and raw lifting

This is an “accidental” interview with the great lifter and, in his own words, “an ambassador for the sport”, Gordon Santee. Gordon Santee, one of the most amazing lifters in our sport, having collected 105 World Records, 112 American Records and too many championships to count at the age of 67, is also a responsible …

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Again about the golden numbers – keeping powerlifting boring and kosher

(read “Numbers” before)   One day I calculated the safe time for alternating squat rounds (flights A and B), the time required to change the equipment on the platform for the bench press rounds, plus all that and the deadlift rounds. I summed the operational arrangements time and came to the “golden” number of 30 …

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