I wonder if there is any other Olympic sport where we went from the best in the world to also-rans to more or less not even on the same playing field ... I don't think there is. Figure out why and how it happened, and you'll see whether we can ever come back ... or how we could come back
I'm starting to feel like the development of several high level training centers with different coaches and philosphies may be the way to go. Periodically lifters could move from one facility to another if they wish. The combination of different coaches and coaching styles may be a big advantage as lifters could find the training facility that "feels right" to them. If there was a way to funnel enough funds from USAW for say the top 15 men and top 15 women to go to whichever facility they wish and see what the results are. We have NMU and the OTC already, how about WFW, Savannah, Gayle Hatch and maybe two or three others. See which programs and coaches do the best. The competition between training centers would also help fuel the fire, along with providing training options.
Since this question was posed last year after 2005 nationals. I was just wondering what people thought about the 2006 nationals and if we had made any progress in the past year since people were discussing the direction of weightlifting in the US.
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