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Powerlifting

This page draws together powerlifting-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


300 x 200 Powerlifting with IPF Logo

Special Olympics is pleased to have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Powerlifting Federation and appreciates the championship competition opportunities the IPF has provided for Special Olympics athletes.View the Powerlifting Fact Sheet

Every athlete aims in lifting more weights than the opponent using specific moves. In Special Olympics Powerlifting is much more than deadlift, squat or bench press. It is effort, persistence and loyalty. Training, determination and attitude, are the key facts that define the balance between a successful or a failed attempt. The barbell, despite testing the physical strength, is also highlighting the athlete’s inner wish to improve, “not to make compromises."

The International Powerlifting Federation, which is the international governing body for the sport of powerlifting, has been supporting Special Olympics lifters for years. In April 2013, the IPF and Special Olympics agreed to work together to grow the sport worldwide for people with intellectual disabilities. For example, Special Olympics athletes competed during the 2013 Women's and Men's World Masters Powerlifting Championships in Orlando, Florida, USA. The IPF has agreed to share its expertise in Special Olympics powerlifting skills workshops.


Powerlifting Stories and News


June 25, 2015 | North America: Michigan

Power Couple: Husband and wife athletes train, compete together

By Haley Burrill

Husband and wife powerlifters Jason and Jamie Peterson

Powerlifters Jason and Jamie Peterson had a little bit more to celebrate than winning a medal during this year's Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games presented by SpartanNash. This year also marked the couple's 12-year wedding anniversary. "It's different being a married couple in the gamView Story Powerlifters Jason and Jamie Peterson had a little bit more to celebrate than winning a medal during this year's Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games presented by SpartanNash. This year also marked the couple's 12-year wedding anniversary. "It's different being a married couple in the games, but it's pretty cool too," Jason said. Jason and Jamie have known each other since they were 8-years-old, however, their relationship did not spark until middle school. Around the same time, both decided to get involved with Special Olympics, bringing the couple even closer together. "We pretty much do everything together. We train together, we compete together. Seriously, we are together all the time," Jamie said.

About Haley Burrill:Haley Burrill is a Public Relations and Marketing intern at Special Olympics Michigan.
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June 16, 2015 | North America: Michigan

James Ellison Breaks Michigan Summer Games Powerlifting Record

By Corey Farmer

Athlete James Ellison set new records while competing in the the 2015 State Summer Games powerlifting events in Michigan.View Story Athlete James Ellison set new records while competing in the the 2015 State Summer Games powerlifting events in Michigan. This year, James competed in the squat, bench and deadlift events where the crowd watched in awe as he successfully squatted 500 pounds, which was 35 pounds more than his successful 465 pound squat. "I have only successfully squatted 500 pounds once before, and that was in high school," said James. After breaking a personal record while competing, James went on to break the record for heaviest open dead lift in Summer Games history. James broke the record by dead lifting an incredible 550 pounds. This accomplishment was accompanied by roars of cheers from the crowd as well as James' fellow competitors. The athletes showed true sportsmanship throughout the powerlifting events, celebrating alongside James as he set new records.

About Corey Farmer:Corey Farmer is a Public Relations and Marketing intern at Special Olympics Michigan.
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May 18, 2015 | North America: Tennessee

Powerlifting Training at La Manga

By Chip Hultquist

Powerlifting coaches Farshid Soltani, Todd Youngblood, and Special Olympics athlete Dion Thomas at the La Manga Sports Training Resort

On April 16-18 2015, Special Olympics Powerlifting athlete Dion Thomas along with Special Olympics coaches Todd Youngblood and Chip Hultquist attended the International Powerlifting Federation's (IPF) Powerlifting Coaching Certification Course in La Manga, Spain.View Story On April 16-18 2015, Special Olympics Powerlifting athlete Dion Thomas along with Special Olympics coaches Todd Youngblood and Chip Hultquist attended the International Powerlifting Federation's (IPF) Powerlifting Coaching Certification Course in La Manga, Spain. Special Olympics participated in the training at the invitation of Mr. Gaston Parage, IPF President, as a way to strengthen the understanding and partnership between the IPF and Special Olympics. The training was conducted by Ralph Farquharson and Dietmar Wolf, both executive members of the IPF, and was designed to provide participants with the best scientifically validated powerlifting coaching techniques and processes. Among other topics, the training addressed proper technique, injury prevention, periodization and the role of the coach. The information provided at the training will be used to update the online Special Olympics Powerlifting Coaching Guide that should be available after the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

About Chip Hultquist:Chip Hultquist has been involved in Special Olympics and open powerlifting for over 30 years as a coach, coach trainer, Unified partner, official and competition director.
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Powerlifting Events


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Jul 24 - Aug 2 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
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World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015
Email:info@la2015.org
Phone:213-892-6018
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California
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Powerlifting Competitions

2014 Canada Summer Games

The Special Olympics 2014 Canada Summer Games was the largest Canadian Games ever. See results and teams.


2014 USA Games

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games ran June 14-21. See results and stories.


2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athens, Greece, was the home of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. That year, it was the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.


How to Get Involved in Special Olympics

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