Donnie Thompson Leaves Powerlifting

On November 23, Donnie Thompson rattled the powerlifting world for the second time this year by again pushing the all-time total record to new heights. Now, Thompson is doing something even more shocking... stepping away from the sport he's on top of. Thompson has confirmed that he will no longer compete in powerlifting following the historic total he achieved two weeks ago at the IPA Senior Nationals in York, Pennsylvania.

Here's some of what Thompson leaves behind:
. Highest total of all-time (2,905)
. 2nd highest squat of all-time (1,235)
. Highest full meet bench press of all-time (910)
. 2005 WPO Superheavyweight Champion

Tomorrow, Powerlifting Watch will feature an interview with Thompson in which he talks about the reasons behind his retirement and reflects on his powerlifting career.

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i wonder if it has something to do with all the criticism he has recieved for his 2905 total

and i also would like to see him do a raw meet before he's done.

No that was his goal all along i believe. He ate his way from about 240 lbs to about 340 pounds over his short PL career. Congrats Donnie! I knew when i met u at the NERB a few years ago u were gonna end up at the top soon. Good luck in whatever u have got goals set on now.

This is 10% Luck, 20% Skill, 15% Concentrated Power of Will... 5% Pleasure, 50% Pain, and 100% Reason to Remember the Name!

interesting...

www.bodybuilding.net

To all of us criticizing his latest effort, this could be his response: Frank

well, he definitely went out on a high note.

robo wrote:
well, he definitely went out on a high note.

That was wrong, funny as hell, but just wrong...lol

How could someone retire on such a "questionable" performance?

VERY funny, Robo!

I wish him and the IPA all the best. Because if I don't this post will be quickly removed.

Well, I must say I wish he'd stick for more around but congrats to a great career. Can't blame him for going out on top. I'm glad I had the chance to see him compete in person.

That's stick around for more(lol)
(forgot my name too)

DT obviously has the right to do as he pleases, however in light of the criticism of the last meet and the challenge of Bolton, you would think that he would want to try to vindicate himself versus taking his toys and going home.

Too bad he does not just say hey the lifts were no good and then he could stick it out and do it right. Why retire on that kind of a note. He has not been lifting for that long anyway. I know 20 years ago no one knew who he was. He is very strong and could do the lifts correctly why not do that. this seems strange. Why not do the noble thing and hit them right. Go out on top not like this.

True is he knows that he will never be given free lifts anymore and so he is all washed up and at least this way he can say this and that !

Years ( one or two) he will be one of those guys who will be telling the young ones about how great he was and how he was the best back then!

late

I could well imagine that Mr Thompson has been less than gratified by some of the acerbic vitriol directed towards him in the past week: it must be rather disconcerting. But if this were his sole reason for leaving the sport, I have to say that it would impress me less than striving to register a legitimate performance through which he might silence his detractors.

He was planning on retiring all along. Listen to the speech at the end of the video.

can you imagine, what if donnie dieted down in the fashion of jim wendler, dave tate, marc bartley, how awesome his physique will be?

Geeze, even when the guy decides to retire, some of you STILL feel the need to give him a hard time about everything from his lifting to his size/eating! Some of you are saying he should do the "honorable thing" and recant his lifts....Why don't YOU do the honorable thing and either wish him well or leave him the hell alone? He's leaving, guys....Give him a break.

Donnie, on a personal note, congrats on your successes and best of luck in the future with whatever you pursue.

Michael

ex-Thompson Fan wrote:
How could someone retire on such a "questionable" performance?

Andy Bolton among the other SHW lifters has made their best totals the very same way.p

you performed at the top with no gear and geared to the hilt. congratulations on a great career.

this doesnt suprise me much. its really hard to compete at the top level in this sport. you put so much in and get very little in return. thanks for the memories DT. HIGHS and lows..counldn't pass that up.

Congrats to Mr Thompson. I wish him the best.

Sean Katterle wrote:
Donnie's retiring from competition with an:

805 pound squat

565 pound bench

800 pound deadlift

and a 2,170 total at 374 pounds body weight.

That's a really impressive powerlifting accomplishment and some serious weight.

Stay Strong,
Sean
HardcorePowerlifting.com


He nearly took down Siders that day. I think that would be an awesome battle...but it appears it will never be seen.

thats depressing

Sean Katterle wrote:
Donnie's retiring from competition with an:

805 pound squat

565 pound bench

800 pound deadlift

and a 2,170 total at 374 pounds body weight.

1235 squat
910 bench

Anonymous wrote:
He nearly took down Siders that day.

Always remember that Siders had competed overseas at IPF Worlds only 7 days earlier. Regardless, DT did very well at the NERB.

tim"THEPEOPLESCHAMP" Bruner wrote:
True is he knows that he will never be given free lifts anymore and so he is all washed up and at least this way he can say this and that !

Years ( one or two) he will be one of those guys who will be telling the young ones about how great he was and how he was the best back then!

late


Whoops, I forgot Tim puts "late" at the end of all his comments.
As I said, he squatted, benched and deadlifted more raw then you ever did in your entire life.

Donnie,

Thanks for every drop of sweat, every injury, every sore muscle and every ounce of effort you put into this sport over your career. Thanks to you and those like you. You've have created monstrous goals for us all to shoot for.

I bet you won't miss the internet judges one bit.

All the best
Mauldin

Good luck Donnie, you are THE WORLD CHAMPION!

tim"THEPEOPLESCHAMP" Bruner wrote:
True is he knows that he will never be given free lifts anymore and so he is all washed up and at least this way he can say this and that !

Years ( one or two) he will be one of those guys who will be telling the young ones about how great he was and how he was the best back then!

late


If only...IF ONLY...he could be as great as you, then we would all be satisfied...but you are so great, so great the person, so so great the powerlifter, we could never compare to your greatness.

Sean Katterle wrote:
Donnie's retiring from competition with an:

805 pound squat

565 pound bench

800 pound deadlift

and a 2,170 total at 374 pounds body weight.

That's a really impressive powerlifting accomplishment and some serious weight.

Stay Strong,
Sean
HardcorePowerlifting.com

So that means Ryan is merely a 600lb bencher. That's a good bench, but by no means fitting of a title benchmonster.

I dont know DT and from what ive gathered, he seems like a real genuinely nice and cool sort of guy. People hold him with such high esteem and with this esteem has come lax judging. for all we know DT got those lights because he is well liked.

I wish him all the best in future ventures in both sport and life, BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE: It would not be a good thing if DT was to continue to up the WR total under the circumstances he did last weekend.

good luck donnie

Wow! Good luck in your retirement.

Anonymous wrote:
Sean Katterle wrote:
Donnie's retiring from competition with an:

805 pound squat

565 pound bench

800 pound deadlift

and a 2,170 total at 374 pounds body weight.

That's a really impressive powerlifting accomplishment and some serious weight.

Stay Strong,
Sean
HardcorePowerlifting.com

So that means Ryan is merely a 600lb bencher. That's a good bench, but by no means fitting of a title benchmonster.


And how many records have you set ?

kennelly could/will take the raw record in the BP if he wants it... thanks for everything DT. It was a good ride. All the best.

Sean Katterle wrote:
Donnie's retiring from competition with an:

805 pound squat

565 pound bench

800 pound deadlift

and a 2,170 total at 374 pounds body weight.

That's a really impressive powerlifting accomplishment and some serious weight.

Stay Strong,
Sean
HardcorePowerlifting.com

Yeah and you don't even lift weights so why the hell should I care what you think about it.

I am from SC and although I dont know him I would like to both congratulate Donnie on his accomplishment and wish him well with his retirement.

How do you retire from a hobby that pays you nothing?

I guess he means he's not going to do it anymore for the competitive spirit. No meathead just stops going to the gym.

Regardless, congratulations to Donnie and all his accomplishments.

Putt Houston.... now with more Bom Chicka Wahwahhhhhh

man , you guys a freakin hysterical.

Some of you act like he just walked away from MLB, millions of dollars, and millions of fans..HAHAHAHA

Please, all you morons get a clue. Noone gives a shit about this sport, and they never will. Except for us. And some of us like it just fine that way. Quit elevating it to God like status.

I have to agree. All this retirement talk is goofy. He is tired of the sport and is quitting like the many many before him have done over the last few decades. I think form what I have seen about him he seems like a really nice guy. I think he is one of the strongest guys that has lifted. Those lifts last week were no example of that. I sure hope PLUSA does not make it some cover story that we are all supposed to read. If so that is a sad day. I think the guy who benched 650 with one arm gone and a prosthetic is way more impressive. Donnie is a great lifter it is sad he is quitting on that note. I truly believe it is the judges fault who gave him the squat and unlocked deadlift. But it is true outside of powerlifting no one knows what this sport is or really cares so forget all the retirement talk and just say he is quitting and there is nothing wrong with that. Good luck in whatever he takes up.

Anonymous wrote:
man , you guys a freakin hysterical.

Some of you act like he just walked away from MLB, millions of dollars, and millions of fans..HAHAHAHA

Please, all you morons get a clue. Noone gives a shit about this sport, and they never will. Except for us. And some of us like it just fine that way. Quit elevating it to God like status.


Isn't that why it's a post on 'PowerliftingWatch' ??? And not on MLB.com?? Because it's powerlifting, and that's why everyone on here gets on here?? You're the fuckin moron. And you're not part of the "sport." You're on the "sideline".

Anonymous wrote:
man , you guys a freakin hysterical.

Some of you act like he just walked away from MLB, millions of dollars, and millions of fans..HAHAHAHA

Please, all you morons get a clue. Noone gives a shit about this sport, and they never will. Except for us. And some of us like it just fine that way. Quit elevating it to God like status.


Also, REAL powerlifters (excluding you), don't compete for millions of dollars or for millions of fans, they do it because they love it. It's not about all that superficial shit.
You need to wise-up, and "noone" is two fuckin words you idiot. All you did was spell noon with an 'e' at the end.
Put an 'r' at the end of that, and that's what I like to do with your mom at lunch time.

Congratulations, Donnie. You are an incredible lifter and an even better guy. All the best to you.

Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:
man , you guys a freakin hysterical.

Some of you act like he just walked away from MLB, millions of dollars, and millions of fans..HAHAHAHA

Please, all you morons get a clue. Noone gives a shit about this sport, and they never will. Except for us. And some of us like it just fine that way. Quit elevating it to God like status.


Also, REAL powerlifters (excluding you), don't compete for millions of dollars or for millions of fans, they do it because they love it. It's not about all that superficial shit.
You need to wise-up, and "noone" is two fuckin words you idiot. All you did was spell noon with an 'e' at the end.
Put an 'r' at the end of that, and that's what I like to do with your mom at lunch time.

HAHAHAHAHA...Sorry, i missed the spacebar. Yeah, thats what real powerlifters must do, sit on PL watch and correct typos! HAHA what a little bitch.

Im willing to bet, that 90% of the people on here, dont even compete, and if they do, it aint much. But its much better to come on he internet, and try to act like you are all part of this big brotherhood. The local Golds gym bench press for reps doesnt count either.

Either way, keep sitting on here and crying about stupid shit. It leaves the gyms less crowded, and lets us real lifters just keep doing it as we do.

Impressive total.

It is sad he stops, he sure seemed like a noce guy and very strong lifter at any depth/judging.

SO DT is "retiring" from powerlifting, geez since when is 1/4 squats and belly benching and non lock out deadlifts POWERLIFTING ?

Big deal so now we have a 2900 bogus total for all others to shoot for? I mean let really be fair about todays lifting, Since the WPO, then the APF and then the SLP, IPA, AND the UPA .. has been all about bogus lifts and I mean fuck when we talk about the supers, all that means is who can eat the most and get the fattest guy on the planet?

Shit the little guys at 198 are moving 1000 pound squats as far as they do? Coker benches as much as many of the supers and almost all the guys under 200 deadlift more than the supers! SO what. Who is looking like a joke now!

If I remember correct, is DT not taking /sponsored by ATLARGE
and read somewhere how Chris was coaching/training DT to get into shape?

Now I know who to call when I want to get into shape ,,,, NOT !

late

good luck with whatever you decide to do in your life donnie....

you hit ur goal and your done that's cool man. Time to spend time doing the things that are really important in your life, like spending time with your family and watchign your kids grow up!
God Bless
D.J.

Tim Bruner,

You cannot nor could you ever hang with today's athletes. These guys sub-total more than you ever totalled, period. You are a washed up old man competing in a washed up federation, too scared to lift multi ply, and can't pass a drug test for the USAPL. Not to mention you won't compete anywhere outside austin. Do everyone a favor and just go back to playing bingo and talking about the old days with your buddies, you're causing too much trouble and the folks at the retirement home can't look after you adequately.

Sincerely,
The Whole Sport

Anonymous wrote:
Tim Bruner,

You cannot nor could you ever hang with today's athletes. These guys sub-total more than you ever totalled, period. You are a washed up old man competing in a washed up federation, too scared to lift multi ply, and can't pass a drug test for the USAPL. Not to mention you won't compete anywhere outside austin. Do everyone a favor and just go back to playing bingo and talking about the old days with your buddies, you're causing too much trouble and the folks at the retirement home can't look after you adequately.

Sincerely,
The Whole Sport


hahahahaha "the whole sport." that shit was funny.
Tim didn't deny that Donnie lifted more raw than he ever did in gear. In every sinlge lift.

Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:
man , you guys a freakin hysterical.

Some of you act like he just walked away from MLB, millions of dollars, and millions of fans..HAHAHAHA

Please, all you morons get a clue. Noone gives a shit about this sport, and they never will. Except for us. And some of us like it just fine that way. Quit elevating it to God like status.


Also, REAL powerlifters (excluding you), don't compete for millions of dollars or for millions of fans, they do it because they love it. It's not about all that superficial shit.
You need to wise-up, and "noone" is two fuckin words you idiot. All you did was spell noon with an 'e' at the end.
Put an 'r' at the end of that, and that's what I like to do with your mom at lunch time.

HAHAHAHAHA...Sorry, i missed the spacebar. Yeah, thats what real powerlifters must do, sit on PL watch and correct typos! HAHA what a little bitch.

Im willing to bet, that 90% of the people on here, dont even compete, and if they do, it aint much. But its much better to come on he internet, and try to act like you are all part of this big brotherhood. The local Golds gym bench press for reps doesnt count either.

Either way, keep sitting on here and crying about stupid shit. It leaves the gyms less crowded, and lets us real lifters just keep doing it as we do.


It's not a typo when you're an idiot and just don't know how to spell it.
I'm going to the meylldm today. I meant to spell mall, but it was a typo.
And I don't care if they compete once every 3 years, they are powerlifters. And I'm also willing to be the ones that do compete total more than you.
And I was right, people get on here to see what's going on in the world of POWERLIFTING, not MLB, or NFL, or WWE, or fuckin Tiddlywinks, or anything else.
When people get into lifting, they KNOW it won't make them money, or get them fans. They do it because they love it.
And so what if 90% of the people on here don't compete? They probably lift. Ya know, everyone watching the NFL tomorrow isn't IN the NFL, but they support it. So they shouldn't watch it or support it because they aren't athletes?

Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:
man , you guys a freakin hysterical.

Some of you act like he just walked away from MLB, millions of dollars, and millions of fans..HAHAHAHA

Please, all you morons get a clue. Noone gives a shit about this sport, and they never will. Except for us. And some of us like it just fine that way. Quit elevating it to God like status.


Also, REAL powerlifters (excluding you), don't compete for millions of dollars or for millions of fans, they do it because they love it. It's not about all that superficial shit.
You need to wise-up, and "noone" is two fuckin words you idiot. All you did was spell noon with an 'e' at the end.
Put an 'r' at the end of that, and that's what I like to do with your mom at lunch time.

HAHAHAHAHA...Sorry, i missed the spacebar. Yeah, thats what real powerlifters must do, sit on PL watch and correct typos! HAHA what a little bitch.

Im willing to bet, that 90% of the people on here, dont even compete, and if they do, it aint much. But its much better to come on he internet, and try to act like you are all part of this big brotherhood. The local Golds gym bench press for reps doesnt count either.

Either way, keep sitting on here and crying about stupid shit. It leaves the gyms less crowded, and lets us real lifters just keep doing it as we do.


It's not a typo when you're an idiot and just don't know how to spell it.
I'm going to the meylldm today. I meant to spell mall, but it was a typo.
And I don't care if they compete once every 3 years, they are powerlifters. And I'm also willing to be the ones that do compete total more than you.
And I was right, people get on here to see what's going on in the world of POWERLIFTING, not MLB, or NFL, or WWE, or fuckin Tiddlywinks, or anything else.
When people get into lifting, they KNOW it won't make them money, or get them fans. They do it because they love it.
And so what if 90% of the people on here don't compete? They probably lift. Ya know, everyone watching the NFL tomorrow isn't IN the NFL, but they support it. So they shouldn't watch it or support it because they aren't athletes? You're a dumbass x 2.

Holy crap. You look like more of a powerlifting wannabe every sentence you write. I never sauid anything about not supporting powerlifting , shera. Support is going to meets, training with a team, helping out, competing, etc., Not bitching and whining about someone else, on the internet no less. And keep harping on the typo. Who the fuck even does that ?

And sorry, if you dont compete, you are not a powerlifter. Its simple as that. Its got nothing to do with strength, it has to do with getting out there and doing it. I know powerlifters who bench 150 lbs..I know guys who bench 500 raw, but they aint powerlifters.

Heres a suggestion. Next time you are at the gym, maxing out with 135 on the bar, start a conversation with your team about DT retiring.

If they are real lifters , the conversation will last about 30 seconds. Because its silly to sit around and talk about it like its Lou Gehrigs retirement speech.

More training,. Less faggy discussions.

Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:
man , you guys a freakin hysterical.

Some of you act like he just walked away from MLB, millions of dollars, and millions of fans..HAHAHAHA

Please, all you morons get a clue. Noone gives a shit about this sport, and they never will. Except for us. And some of us like it just fine that way. Quit elevating it to God like status.


Also, REAL powerlifters (excluding you), don't compete for millions of dollars or for millions of fans, they do it because they love it. It's not about all that superficial shit.
You need to wise-up, and "noone" is two fuckin words you idiot. All you did was spell noon with an 'e' at the end.
Put an 'r' at the end of that, and that's what I like to do with your mom at lunch time.

HAHAHAHAHA...Sorry, i missed the spacebar. Yeah, thats what real powerlifters must do, sit on PL watch and correct typos! HAHA what a little bitch.

Im willing to bet, that 90% of the people on here, dont even compete, and if they do, it aint much. But its much better to come on he internet, and try to act like you are all part of this big brotherhood. The local Golds gym bench press for reps doesnt count either.

Either way, keep sitting on here and crying about stupid shit. It leaves the gyms less crowded, and lets us real lifters just keep doing it as we do.


It's not a typo when you're an idiot and just don't know how to spell it.
I'm going to the meylldm today. I meant to spell mall, but it was a typo.
And I don't care if they compete once every 3 years, they are powerlifters. And I'm also willing to be the ones that do compete total more than you.
And I was right, people get on here to see what's going on in the world of POWERLIFTING, not MLB, or NFL, or WWE, or fuckin Tiddlywinks, or anything else.
When people get into lifting, they KNOW it won't make them money, or get them fans. They do it because they love it.
And so what if 90% of the people on here don't compete? They probably lift. Ya know, everyone watching the NFL tomorrow isn't IN the NFL, but they support it. So they shouldn't watch it or support it because they aren't athletes? You're a dumbass x 2.

Holy crap. You look like more of a powerlifting wannabe every sentence you write. I never sauid anything about not supporting powerlifting , shera. Support is going to meets, training with a team, helping out, competing, etc., Not bitching and whining about someone else, on the internet no less. And keep harping on the typo. Who the fuck even does that ?

And sorry, if you dont compete, you are not a powerlifter. Its simple as that. Its got nothing to do with strength, it has to do with getting out there and doing it. I know powerlifters who bench 150 lbs..I know guys who bench 500 raw, but they aint powerlifters.

Heres a suggestion. Next time you are at the gym, maxing out with 135 on the bar, start a conversation with your team about DT retiring.

If they are real lifters , the conversation will last about 30 seconds. Because its silly to sit around and talk about it like its Lou Gehrigs retirement speech.

More training,. Less faggy discussions.


"Not bitching and whining about someone else, on the internet no less." - Isn't how this started, because you got on here and started bitching because you didn't like people's reaction to his leaving?

only powerlifters could argue over someone retiring.. wish him well or rip him to shreds but there is really no room for and argument.

Jim Ray said

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He nearly took down Siders that day.

Always remember that Siders had competed overseas at IPF Worlds only 7 days earlier. Regardless, DT did very well at the NERB.

not only that but 5 days before the NERB meet he did 805 raw (might have even been a double or triple) squat in training. I think well rested Siders can total in the 2300-2350 pound range raw in strict NERB/IPF standards.

watching anonymous vs anonymous is better than watching my Chiefs lose...lol

I really like Donnie, I wish he didn't end his career the way he did... That 2900 total is not legitimate, its a disgrace, a shame that a great lifter like him went out on a note like that. Some people out there will consider his record to be legitimate which is very sad for powerlifting, if any of you have seen the video of this *world record* you can cleary see that the squats are barely 45 degrees and make mike millers infamous squat look deep. I really admire Donnie, hes mild mannered and strongggg. Its such a shame... I bet there are people in this very forum who believe his total is legit... What a shame that Donnie had to do what he did to powerlifting in the last lifts of his career =( Its the IPA's fault... The IPA is a disgrace to the sport, sure many other feds get it wrong sometimes too, but the IPA is just a circus, how the hell do u pass 2 out 3 squats that are barely 45 degrees? Well guess DT won't be able to correct it now.. A shame..

This is my first post here, but I felt the need to comment. I have known Donnie for years, and always respected his commitment and personal sacrafice in the strength sports. I also had the pleasure of watching and helping him train (3 days a week for months)leading up to his most recent meet. I learned a lot; about a different style of training, athletes and competition from what I was most familiar with. Donnie really understands what is needed to succeed in the current powerlifting sport, and loves strength more than most people I know.

What does trouble me, however, in all of this is the negativity I read here. Many people want to take a stab at the big guy, possibly to pad their own ego. That is sad to see. As a professional in another strength sport, Highland Games (and formally track and field) I understand being competitive, and even somewhat self-centered. However, I have never seen this much negativity on a wide scale. In my opinion, this attitude needs to change if Powerlifting, as a sport, wants to thrive. If not, more and more affiliations will continue to pop up, with slightly different rules, thus further fragmenting the population. Regardless of the opinions on the judging, be glad that their are guys out there bleeding for it, and not for just 1-3 years, but as life long strength athletes. This is rare. You don't see a lot of "Big old men".

Donnie made no bones about it going in to his last contest. The primary goal was to hit 3000 total, secondary goal was to come out with a new WR, and retire on top. That was the plan, he succeeded. He has said he was looking forward to losing weight, and enjoying other parts of his life. On a side note, his first child, a little girl, was born yesterday. He is very excited about the new opportunities he has in his life, not just being a lifter, but now a father. Congrats to him, and best of luck to you all.

Bert Sorin

Bert Sorin wrote:
This is my first post here, but I felt the need to comment. I have known Donnie for years, and always respected his commitment and personal sacrafice in the strength sports. I also had the pleasure of watching and helping him train (3 days a week for months)leading up to his most recent meet. I learned a lot; about a different style of training, athletes and competition from what I was most familiar with. Donnie really understands what is needed to succeed in the current powerlifting sport, and loves strength more than most people I know.

What does trouble me, however, in all of this is the negativity I read here. Many people want to take a stab at the big guy, possibly to pad their own ego. That is sad to see. As a professional in another strength sport, Highland Games (and formally track and field) I understand being competitive, and even somewhat self-centered. However, I have never seen this much negativity on a wide scale. In my opinion, this attitude needs to change if Powerlifting, as a sport, wants to thrive. If not, more and more affiliations will continue to pop up, with slightly different rules, thus further fragmenting the population. Regardless of the opinions on the judging, be glad that their are guys out there bleeding for it, and not for just 1-3 years, but as life long strength athletes. This is rare. You don't see a lot of "Big old men".

Donnie made no bones about it going in to his last contest. The primary goal was to hit 3000 total, secondary goal was to come out with a new WR, and retire on top. That was the plan, he succeeded. He has said he was looking forward to losing weight, and enjoying other parts of his life. On a side note, his first child, a little girl, was born yesterday. He is very excited about the new opportunities he has in his life, not just being a lifter, but now a father. Congrats to him, and best of luck to you all.

Bert Sorin

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