I arrived Tuesday Sept 14th, 2010 in Antalya International Airport. As per usual no one was there to pick me up. I did however meet up with one of my athletes, Alex Lee. Antalya is very sunny and warm very similar to Arizona. However, most places don’t have air conditioning. The Hotel is very beautiful with a lot of amenities. We are right on the beach. I will upload pictures in a little bit. Along with Alex, Kelly Rexroad-Williams and Amanda Hubbard -Sandoval are here. John Coffee and Kelly’s Dad Danny are here is well. Head Men’s Coach Kyle Pierce, whom was the Head Men’s Coach for the Pan American Championships, arrived on the 12th.
Head Women’s Coach Bob Morriss, Head Resident Athlete Coach Zygmunt Smalcerz, and Natalie Burgener missed their flight and had to stay the night in Amsterdam.
Wednesday Sept 15, 2010
I took Alex Lee and Kelly Rexroad-Williams over to train at the Antalya Expo Center. The training hall was quite large and had over 40 platforms in it. The competition venue is also very large but not as big as last year in Goyang City.
Observation of Chinese Women’s Team
They are the most physically developed women I have ever seen. It is as if they are from another planet. I have been around this sport, strength and conditioning, powerlifting, bodybuilding for a long time. What they are able to do with their athletes is unreal. They are 4-5 deep in a weight class and everyone of them is capable of winning or finishing in the top three in the world. I will watch them along with several other teams these next two week. I will hopefully have video and pictures to follow.