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Weight Lifting Is More Than Brawn
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By GREG BISHOP
Published: August 14, 2008
BEIJING To az fish and game the uninitiated, weight lifting appears strenuous and simple, devoid of any strategy beyond bend, lift, grunt, grimace.
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The basic rules work like this: lifters get three attempts in each of the two categories the magic farm game snatch and the clean-and-jerk and their best lifts in each category are combined for their competition total.
The athlete who pledges to lift the lowest weight goes first, and all attempts at that weight are made before moving on.
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Dennis Snethen, USA Weightlifting’s executive director, does some of his best work in that room behind the stage, where coaches engage in strategy no one ever sees and only they discuss.
“It’s really a challenge for the coaches,” Snethen said. “To be honest, I’m really, really addicted to it.”
Haworth compares the coaches’ endless debates to white noise, their demeanor to a “bunch of busy little worker bees.”
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That counts as free scrabble game to download one example where strategy comes into play. Another part of the strategy involves a rule that allows athletes to make two changes during the competition.
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For instance, Roach knew by the clean-and-jerk event that she would not medal here. Her coaches decided to wild game sausage recipes go for the American record deepthroat game in her weight class. Her first attempt was at 105 kilograms (231.5 pounds). They planned her cal fish game trout plant locations second try for 110 (242.5 pounds), but because a go go gourmet game competitor lifted 108 (238.1 online virtual life game pounds), they had her lift the same amount to ensure that she would finish sixth. On her third sims game pc download lift, she game house games hoisted 110 kilograms over her head to safely set the record.
“You need to maximize uno computer game position,” Snethen said. “I never give up anything, not even the weight of one potato chip.”
Coaches generally set a basic plan a day or two before competition, then adjust it. At that point, Roach leaves all decisions to them.
She used to pay attention to the chess game, at least until video game controversy the world championships in 1998.
Earlier Pc Game Jedi Knight Jedi Academy that year, Roach had set a world standard with a clean-and-jerk of 117.5 kilograms (259 pounds). She opened at the worlds with 107.5 (237 pounds), a high number for an opener, but well Gunz The Game Hacks below what rose bowl game she did before.
She missed once. She got nervous. She missed twice. She got more nervous, sitting in the back room, thinking, “I’m going to bomb pc oni game torrent out.”
Then she missed the third.
“It happens every competition,” Roach said. “Someone makes xtreme pussy game videos a mistake, either too high, or too low.”
Different countries vary their approach, and those approaches can reflect a country’s traditions. The Americans allow their athletes more input. The Russians are at the mercy of their coaches.
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“You can talk advance game boy cheats all about the games, fun dress up game all about the strategy,” Eksten said. “But in the end, whoever lifts the most weight wins.”
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