My trip to Paris was an eventful one. No sleep on the plan but that’s to be expected. Arrived in Paris to have no one at the Airport to pick me up. This to is expected. After a couple of phone calls and a little yelling 3 hours later someone was there to pick me up. They had informed me that they didn’t know I was coming. Sure. Anyway after another 4 hours in a small van circling the airport looking for other people to arrive I made it to Euro Disney. I’m not that impressed. It could be better.
On the first day of training I saw Rizelyx Rivera, Hillary Katzenmiar, and Darren Barnes lift. Not everyone is here yet and like in the past the athletes are coming in different waves to cut down on costs. All looked extremely well. Rizelyx snatched up to 85 kilos and then clean & jerked up to an easy 97 kg. She then Back Squatted up to 145 for 2 sets of 1. The squats looked like she could have squatted 165 kgs today. Hillary snatched up to 76 kilos, then did some snatch pulls up to 90 kg and then clean & jerked up to 95 kilos. She finished her workout off with some clean pulls up to around 110. Barnes hit some Power Snatches up to 85 kilos. Then on to some Power Cleans up to 100 kgs very easy for him.
Thursday we trained a little earlier in the after noon so that the Coaching Staff could attend to the Verification of Final Entries Meeting. Darren snatched up to an easy 95 kilos and then clean & jerked up to an impressive 120 kgs. He looks ready for some big weights. He competes on Nov 5th. Hillary started off with some Power Snatches and then eased into full snatches as the weights got heavier. She powered up to 63 kg and then full snatched up to 77. She then did the same with her Clean & Jerks. She began by Power Clean & Jerking working up to 85 kilos then did one more set at 90 kilos but as a full Clean & Jerk. Afterward she Front Squatted up to around 110-115 kgs. Rizelyx did some Power Snatch + Overhead Squats up to around 65 kilos (very light). She then moved onto Power Clean + Push Presses up to around 77 kgs (again easy). She did some Front Squats up to 110 kilos. Thursday we saw the arrival of Amanda Sandoval. Amanda was a little jet lagged but looked good as she Power Snatched up to 60 kilos for a couple of doubles. The Power Clean & Jerked up to around 83 kilos she to Front Squatted up to 105-110 for a couple of sets.
All in all everyone in this group is healthy, in good spirits, and motivated to lift well in the next couple of days. The are all seasoned lifters even Darren Barnes whom has been on several Junior World & Youth World Teams. Additional up dates tomorrow when we find out exactly what session everyone is lifting in.