Create: 09/18/2010 - 11:15
It's hard to post video of powerlifting contests in general these days without a great deal of negativity. And I don't for one second believe that this footage is perfect, but I do feel that most of it matches what we look at as judges in a powerlifting contest. Have I missed calls before? Of course. In almost 20 years of judging and being in the sport my entire life, I realize that judging is still subjective despite having an objective set of rules. I've been called too strict, not strict enough, and I'm sure a great deal more descriptives that I won't type out in this post (some by my own father). If you ask me to judge a lift, I won't hesitate to tell you my opinion be it good or bad, whether you are a 10 time world champion, or a 12 year old just learning the sport. In my opinion, the footage shows one meet director's trust in his organization and his judges to hold to the rules that were set forth. Basically the same set of rules that all federations have in their respective rule books. Debate all you want about whether the lifts were good or bad, the fact of the matter is, I don't think we can question that the rules of powerlifting were being followed at this contest and that fractions of a inch can sometimes determine a call, but it should not be inches. I'm not sure what role video can have in powerlifting in real time, if any, but I do like seeing the squats at these angles during a contest. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. For the competitors or anyone interested, I posted full size still images here, feel free to grab what you want.