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Re: Rich - Special Olympics?
As you read this please understand that I am not putting down Special Olympics. I have many years of experience of being involved as a volunteer, coach and spectator in this feat organization. My son has competed in Special Olympics power lifting several years and his coach prepares the team he is on in the proper lifting techniques, and appropriate training to be able to participate in an organization like NASA and be judges exactly as any lifter outside of Special Olympics. However I have witnessed sloppy coaching, where anything goes and the safety of the lifter is not the highest priority. The judging is not necessarily done according to the power lifting rules adopted by Special Olympics. The knowledgeable, well coached, competitive lifters seem to be judged by a higher standard than the participants that only lift for the few months leading up to competition. I really cringe when I see how poorly some of these athletes are trained. I would hate to see our NASA judges get involved by allowing only white lights and never giving red lights just to give participants an award.