Mastermonster also thinks drug testing plays a major role:
- Siders wasn't there. That's one first place finish we lost. - The USAPL seems much more strict than other nations on drug testing. - The powerlifting base is much more diluted here. .
Zeke responds to the existence of multiple federations in the US:
I also think the answer is obvious.It's alresdy been said IPF - Euros win/ WPO - US wins. I'll add another example. WPC - US wins with a vastly out-numbered team. Let's see here. No drug test, we dominate. Drug test they dominate. I think I see a patern here! Maybe it's not their training techniques that are superior, but just maybe it's all the cold-war era drug research and how to beat Olympic drug test knowledge that is the real difference.
Training routines are also cited:
The last thing that I think turns alot of people away from IPF in america is the judging. I know this probably won't make people happy, but there's no way that any of the current records that exist out there in other Feds would even come close to passing the IPF standard...I think all of that makes it hard for americans to join the IPF. Plus, how many meets are ever here in the US.
John Prophet concurs:
I think volume training is one cause of Scandinavian, East European, Ukrainian and Russian success. They are still focused on strength.
Other responses include:
the closest reason I have seen so far that I agree with is simply the training....namely the sheer volume they all do....they had/have it down to a science no doubt...they are YEARS ahead of us
The Russians are just weight lifting bad asses.
Powerlifting and Olympic lifting are the main sports in those countries.