WPC Worlds–Thoughts and Images

WPC Worlds–Thoughts and Images

Nov 20, 2012

 

Six days of Vegas? Only if I am ever competing at WPC Worlds!

How can you beat two platforms when you have over 700 lifters, many lifting in multiple events, across six days? I mean, knowing that everything, including awards, will be done by dinner, even with a 9:30-10am start and 158 raw benchers (day 1) and that you’d get to see the last of the ‘heavies’ on Sunday and still make a 7pm flight? There were a few things that could be improved – there was a chronic complaint about the squat racks and floor underneath them – but, depending on the individual, they were relatively minor.

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The DJ, Dave Harper, of London, UK, was outstanding! A theme song for every lifter. For myself, how can you beat the ‘Rocky’ theme on my last deadlift after starting slow in the meet and finally finding my groove mid-way through raw powerlifting day.

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Kieran Kidder and Amy Jackson did an outstanding job setting up the venue with the mirror platforms, live streaming XtremePowerTV coverage, a huge warm-up area (four of everything!), TVs in the warm-up area with order of lifts which were also displayed on screens. Everything was pretty smooth! Especially considering many of the foreign lifters (outside USA), such as the Russians, Slovakians, and others spoke little English.

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Spotters were fantastic! Judges were tough, but fair! I missed a few lifts, but absolutely cannot fault the calls! We had many lifts in the 1000lb range including 1086lb bench and 1125lb squat attempts that missed that were easily managed by these brave souls! Including a few heavy squats that rolled off the lifters.

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Who can beat participation by Ernie Frantz?

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Schedule:

Tuesday, November 6, 2012: Raw Bench

Wednesday, November 7, 2012: Equipped Bench

Thursday, November 8, 2012: Raw Women, Teen and Master Men

Friday, November 9, 2012: Raw Open & Junior Men, Equipped women Open, Junior, Master

Saturday, November 10, 2012: Equipped Male & Female, Junior & Master Men up to 90kg

Sunday, November 11, 2012: Equipped Open & Master Men 100kg-140+kg

 

A video overview of the meet (youtube – of assorted lifts and lifters!): http://youtu.be/Iwfae9RjIzk

 

Following are assorted images from the meet:

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2 comments

  1. Dave Harper /

    Hi Howard

    What fantastic write up, it was a pleasure to meet you, and thank you for your kind words.

    Dave aka DJ Big D

  2. Howard Penrose /

    Dave

    Thank you, brother! It was great meeting you, as well. I appreciated the theme music on my final lift 🙂

    I look forward to hearing your work again in the future!

    Howard

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