David Boffa

David Boffa

It was seeing Naim Süleymanoğlu lift in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta that first drew me to the sport of Olympic Weightlifting. The idea that someone so small--he was nicknamed “The Pocket Hercules” and then weighed just 64 kg--could be so extraordinarily powerful held great appeal. I was never a big fan of team sports, but weightlifting fascinated me; there was something noble in the simplicity of winning or losing based on a split-second display of power and coordination. My interest in Olympic Weightlifting was piqued that year, and I began training and competing occasionally. In 2004 I met some Olympic Weightlifters when I started graduate school and since then I have been completely taken with the sport. I have participated as a national-level athlete, an occasional coach, a spectator, and as an Athlete Representative on the Board of Directors for USA Weightlifting.I currently live way up in Maine, on the very edge of civilization, where I teach art history at the University, in Orono. Apart from Olympic Weightlifting, I am fascinated by art in all its forms--visual, literary, musical--and do my best to practice and enjoy them as much as time and circumstances allow.