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.