Lifter (Male/Female), Gym, and Forum Of The Year!!!

Its that time of the year! Just who was the best? 2016 had a ton of great performances! We will start our annual polls beginning with the Male Lifter Of The Year. Rules are as always, they must have been active in 2016 (obviously). They must have had some kind of impact on the sport I.E record performances, mainstream media coverage anything that made them stand out above the rest in 2016. Only the top 5 lifters will be on the poll! This will be determined by how many times each lifter is nominated. Please post nominations on this thread or you may also email them to me @ johnny@powerliftingwatch.com. YOU HAVE UNTIL 01/11/17 to nominate your lifter.

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Oh I nominate my wife April delmore Shumaker who had a stunning performance at the Olympia, defeating the tough Russian girls with a 976 total at 104 lbs to hit a 589 wilks which gave her the #1 single ply wilks
She also had dropped to the 97lb class at Gracie Vs US open and rewrote the all time raw historical world records in that weight class, with the #1 total and bench

bill and april wrote:
Oh I nominate my wife April delmore Shumaker who had a stunning performance at the Olympia, defeating the tough Russian girls with a 976 total at 104 lbs to hit a 589 wilks which gave her the #1 single ply wilks
She also had dropped to the 97lb class at Gracie Vs US open and rewrote the all time raw historical world records in that weight class, with the #1 total and bench

Nominations are for male only this week. But I'll put her down for the females when we start their nominations.

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-Sergey Fedosienko-IPF Classic and Equipped best lifter
-Ray Williams-Raw 456k Squat
-Blaine Sumner-Equipped 500k Squat and 401.5k Bench(Both WRs)
-John Haack-Upset of the year over Brett Gibbs
-Yury Belkin-Deadlift World Record

Ray Williams on his World Record Squat and the exposure POWERLIFTING received when it on National media. Also for squatting 1000 lbs in workouts with NO SPOT.
Blaine "The Vanilla Gorilla" Sumner on his World Record feats!
The baddest lifter pound for pound, Dennis Cornelius on his performance at USA Powerlifting Raw Nationals

Kevin E. Robinson

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Blaine Sumner and Dennis Cornelius

Rheta West. Raw squat and total record at 148, and yes she is generally a geared lifter.

Hercules Gym

JP Price

Great lifter, meet director, referee, co-creator positive online powerlifting forum (World Powerlifting Now), real ambassador of the sport. All around good human being.

Jeff Frank

Great lifter, works hard for and is big advocate of suicide prevention with SOS (Strength Over Suicide). Like JP a great ambassador of the sport. All around good human being.

Kevin Oak.

*January 2016- broke the all time world record total @ 220 in wraps

*August 2016- had his all time world record @ 220 broken, took it back temporarily, got it broken again, but ultimately walked way with the 220 wrapped American total record

*November 2016- All time world record no wraps total @ 220

Three meets. Significant improvement in each meet. Three all time record performances.

Nominations closed!