The thread takes a detour though and addresses the question of when and why powerlifting has lost its innocence.
You put people up on pedestals and they tend to fall.
El Pampero affirms the loss of idealism:
I think that powerlifting is in it's death throws, and that's really causing a lot of disallusionment for me. It's the sport I love.
Many other posts refer to equipment and steroids as a prime cause for their loss of idealism towards powerlifting.
Powerlifters have always been saying that only lifts done in a competition count. Now it seems that lifts done in comp have become as questionable as "gym lifts" - with lax judging, changing rules, equipment, etc. I think it's going to be very hard to fix this sport.
I was embarrassed to bring people to meets when the first single-ply poly BP shirts came out and I had to explain why everybody was walking around like mummies.