Strong-Athlete.com recently traveled to our old childhood stomping grounds in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada to cover the 2011 Canadian National Olympic Weightlifting Championships. Held at the Olympic Weightlifting facilities at Variety Village this year, the Nationals showcased the best weightlifters in the country. A few of these athletes (both men and women) are striving for an opportunity to represent Canada next year at the Olympics in London, England. Unlike countries such as Greece, Bulgaria and of course Russia, Olympic weightlifting does not hold the same level of prestige in Canada. This is unfortunate, because there are definitely some very talented men and women in Canada who would be able to realize their true potential with more resources (i.e. cold hard cash). One thing is for certain after witnessing these athletes perform firsthand: Olympic lifting is one of the most incredible expressions of power and flexibility we’ve ever seen. We wish all of the athletes who competed best of luck at future competitions and we hope to see some of you next year at the Games in London!
We also had a chance to spend some time with Pierre Roy, Canada’s preeminent Olympic weightlifting coach (and coach to MMA superstar George St. Pierre), who shared with us a glimpse of what it takes to become a world-class athlete. Pierre has been involved at the highest levels of the sport for over 30 years. In fact, in 1984, he coached Jacques Demers to a silver medal at the Los Angeles Olympics! Check out highlights of the Canadian Nationals and our interview with Pierre Roy below: