Distinction Between WPO & WPC Championships

Create: 04/05/2006 - 06:30
Mike Sweeney offers his opinion on the distinction between the WPC and WPO Championship at the APF/WPC forum. Sweeney also comments on his apparent banning from Go Heavy.

To: The World Powerlifting Congress and Interested Individuals Subject: WPC vs. WPO I have been often asked the difference of one championship with the other. To me it is in the title. It is true that the WPO finals are held at the explosive Arnold every year and the amount of “total venue” causes sensory-implosion to most individuals. I don’t see the WPO finals anywhere else. The opportunity for exposure is tremendous. These showcase powerlifters mainly come through the semis, the WPC racks, and some selected outstanding individuals are given invitation, again I stress the word “outstanding”. All must be a certain proven caliber. The WPC championships are held in different countries and have a more involved selection process. Here in the states, we have local, regional, national meets that, from placement, lead to the world championships. The WPC championships have much more depth in terms of traditional weight/age/sex classes and lifters. To me both are GREAT and have their place! However when it comes right down to it, nothing takes the place of a WPC World Championship metal/trophy/certificate on the wall!

Head Judge On Shannon Pole-Summers' Record Bench Speaks Out

Create: 04/04/2006 - 10:27
The head judge on Shannon Pole-Summer's recent record setting bench press of 531 pounds is speaking out at the APA forum. Specifically, he's addressing some of the questioning that has surrounded Summers and the lift. Should family friends or family members be judging each others lifts in meet situations?

We've all seen the bashing on goheavy. We have seen the doubting and so forth. Well, I put my integrity on the line every time I judge. I was the head judge. Bottom line, the lifts were good. I made sure she paused completely motionless and hold the lock out. Probably cost her 550. She had it locked out and as I was calling for the rack, she had the spotters take it. I did this by the rules and to make sure that there was no question.

Bending The Rules In 100% Raw?

Create: 04/04/2006 - 10:00
Currently, the 100% Raw federation only allows World records to be set at national/world level meets. However, federation president Paul Bossi has extended an offer to any Canadians who attend an upcoming 100% Raw meet the opportunity to set World records at the meet, even though it is a state meet. Is the same offer open to Americans lifting at the meet? Does this signal a change of direction for record setting in 100% Raw? Do ad hoc incentives like this, used in order to grow an organization, have any place in powerlifting?

Which Powerlifter Influenced You?

Create: 04/04/2006 - 09:24
Monster Muscle has a thread looking at which powerlifters influenced others to begin powerlifting and competing. Lots of great names from today and yesterday being mentioned as inspirations.

Arnold got me lifting, Kaz made me want to powerlift, Ed Coan has influenced me since 1983, but right now I would say hands down it is Jesse Kellum.

USAPL Changes Date For National Bench Meet

Create: 04/04/2006 - 08:56
Jennifer Thompson of the USAPL announces a change in the date that the USAPL National Bench meet is to be held. This will be the second National Bench meet of the year and is tentatively scheduled for September. A national bench meet was just completed last month in Colorado. The ensuing discussion is a mixture of confusion, support and questioning whether two national meets can be held in the same year. As a little background, the IPF has changed the date of the World Bench Meet to May from a date in the late fall in which it has been traditionally held. More can be read at www.usaplforum.com or www.usapowerliftingforum.com Both sites have ongoing discussions concerning this matter. A date and location for the event has been announced.

Equipment And Records

Create: 04/03/2006 - 09:25
At Josh Bryant's forum posters are questioning the role of records in an ever-evolving equipped lifting environment. Some questions to ponder are what meaning or historical significance do records have when they are constantly being broken? How do you attempt to compare lifters from generation to generation? Does equipment create a condition where tradition is eliminated? How do these effect the sport of powerlifting?

Meet Conflicts And Lifter Turnout

Create: 04/03/2006 - 09:00
Sometimes competing federations in the same area have meets that will battle for the same lifters. The USAPL has a more unique situation where two of its meets are close enough in time and in the same area that they may battle for the same lifters. That's being discussed at the USAPL forum. For the federation and lifters sake these conflicts obviously should be minimized. Brad Madvig initiates discussion on this specific occurrence as well as looks for a more general solution to this problem Madvig:

With MN and WI having two big meets within an hour driving distance of each other it presents the challenge of having both meets go off well without effecting turnout. I was wondering what other states facing similar situations have done to deal with it?

The APF Isn't For WPO Lifters

Create: 04/03/2006 - 08:43
Posters at APF Outlaws are examining Kieran Kidder's recent move to keep WPO lifters from competing in the APF.

this topic has been reported on in a few places. it seems there are a lot of strong opinions on it. thought i'd post it here for some discussion as most of you guys are apf-ers. Here is the post I think sums up all the bad reasons for a decision like this most eloquently: Post by Rick Hussey I don’t know what to think of it. I have a hard time with the approach, “This is how it is going to be, or else.” The communication between the APF/WPO “committee” and lifter is non-existent. Lifters that build a federation need to be treated with the respect they have earned. This new rule has not given lifters a choice; some of my current lifters would have chosen to stay in the APF a bit longer. A lifter should have the choice before the rule goes into effect. I feel like the lifter has to jump through hoops these days.

Tiny Meeker Hits 914, Misses 1,069 pounds

Create: 04/03/2006 - 08:06

Tiny Meeker benched 914 pounds yesterday at the APF House of Pain Texas Championships. Meeker who was competing as a 308, recently secured the all time highest bench in the 308's with a 942 pound press. Yesterday's 914 pounds was the third highest mark in history.

Meeker then apparently asked for 970 pounds to be loaded. Instead of 970 pounds, 1,069 pounds was put on the bar. Side judge Joe Dalton says Meeker got that to within 6 inches of his chest, but couldn't touch the weight. However, he was able to press the weight back up from there.

UPDATED: Reports now indicate that the correct weight of 970 pounds was used. Here Mark Harris issues an apology.

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