Watched the morning training session at the OTC today. Donny Shankle Snatched Push Pressed up to 160 kg and so did Mike Nackoul. Donny then Snatched up to 150 off the blocks from Knee height. Mike Snatched up to I think 135-140 off the blocks from the knee. Mike is a very impressive young man I see big lifts in this kids future. Ian Wilson is also very talented none of his snatches looked heavy. National Coach Zygmunt Smalcerz had him performing Snatches with a block between his feet to work on not bringing his feet in on his landing. Big Shane Maier squatted up to 260 for a couple sets and it looked like a toy. I only saw Pat Judge do some Snatch Push Presses but he still looks as powerful as ever. When he gets back to full strength look out Heavyweight division.
I only saw a couple of the girls lift this morning. Jessica Gallagher is coming on strong and she C+J up to I believe 90 kilos. Holley Mangold snatched up to 95 kilos and is looking better. Kelly Williams looked solid as ever and very consistent. Her veteran presence is great to have around the younger girls team. Sarah Robles just did some light training considering both of us didn’t get into the training center till a little past midnight. This afternoon should be better.
I talked briefly with Coach Smalcerz this morning this afternoon and throughout the week we are planning to discus the Pan Am, World, and Olympic Games programming and preparation. I look forward to his incite . I will report each day as much as I can.