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The 2002 AAU triple Crown was held May 11-12 in Richmond, VA. The Showplace Annex was were the meet took place, and it was a very nice venue. There were two platforms and Barbara and Jill kept the action running at a brisk pace.
 
This meet was a qualifier for the AAU World Championships that will be held in October. Originally I was going to go to the USPF Master Nationals in JUne, but with this meet being only a two hour drive from the house, Frank and I figured "What The Hell"
 
There were close to if I remember twenty women spread throughout the raw and assisted classes.
 
A hit of the meet were two sisters. One was 9 yo and the other was 11. The younger girl squatted 185, while the older sister deadlifted 245. Both girls weighed under 100 lbs. I was certainly a joy watching them lift. ( Here is something to try next time you miss a lift....both girls would cry and run to hug their dad when they missed a lift...neat tactic...I think I'll have to give it a try at the World Meet in October)
 
As for me, well I won my class with a 875 total. Certainly was not what I wanted, but at least I qualified for the October meet.
 
I squatted 305, benched 170(major work needed here) and deadlifted 405. But at 43 It's pretty good, but not great yet.
 
While I was getting out of the car in the parking lot I tore my abductor on my right side. I couldn't believe it. I could see if it was during the meet, but getting out of the car. I kind of thought "It's going to be one of those days." As a sumo style deadlifter that injury would hurt.
 
I opened with 385 and barely was able tp pull it off the ground. My second was 405 and was just able to get it. The third just would not budge.
 
I went 6 for 9 and set 6-7 AAU American and State Records.
From what I heard from some of the National AAU officials, the reason they are making such a conserted effort into powerlifting once again is  that they have  been approached by officials (I am thinking IOC)  to do so.