“I’ve never done anything like this before,” said Amanda Vilaysone, a junior studying exercise physiology and the head coordinator for the Olympic Weight Lifting Competition.

She said that Olympic powerlifting is super technical when it comes to lifting weights.

“My friends got me into it,” she said. “I started watching videos and talked to a lot of  educated people on the subject.”
The Olympic Weight Lifting Competition was held in the John W. Hart Building fitness center on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 9 a.m., even though its official start time  according to the event’s page on the school website, was 11 a.m.

She said that the competition went very well.

She said the lifts they did were the Olympic snatch and the clean and jerk.

“It was really fun to see people max out and to hit new PRs” she said.

She said that the winners were Tyler Burton for the guys and Erin Freeman for the girls.

“Everyone did really well today,” Vilaysone said.

She said that the top three places got prizes as well

“First place got a new blender bottle, second place got athletic tape and third place got chalk,”, Vilaysone said.
She said that she was very impressed with the crowd that also came out and lifted.

“I think everyone had fun,” she said. “We have a tightknit community of Olympic lifters here.”

Vilaysone said that anyone is more than welcome to the event next semester.

“Do it next semester,” she said. “Don’t be afraid.”