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    How Long did Elite Olympic Lifters Take to Become Elite?

    This is something I've been wondering about for the last few weeks and, despite some research, I can't seem to find any answers. Basically I'm just curious when the professionals might have started with their Olympic lifting and how they progressed / what weights were they doing throughout their career leading up to going pro.

    I'm currently about 6 months into training for Olympic lifting with a coach. Before that, I had been lifting for track & field in high school. I'm nowhere near elite but it's always fun to think about the possibilities! If anyone knows what weights the pros were doing when they started or how old they were or really any kind of statistic in that regards, please share.

    My own info:

    Age: 19
    BW: ~71kg / 155-160lbs
    Clean & Jerk: ~120kg / 265lbs
    Snatch: ~97kg / 210lbs
    Back Squat: ~165kg / 365lbs
    Front Squat: ~135kg / 300lbs

    I'd also love to know where others stand in their own lifts!
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    Originally Posted by Mitchellvdn View Post
    This is something I've been wondering about for the last few weeks and, despite some research, I can't seem to find any answers. Basically I'm just curious when the professionals might have started with their Olympic lifting and how they progressed / what weights were they doing throughout their career leading up to going pro.

    I'm currently about 6 months into training for Olympic lifting with a coach. Before that, I had been lifting for track & field in high school. I'm nowhere near elite but it's always fun to think about the possibilities! If anyone knows what weights the pros were doing when they started or how old they were or really any kind of statistic in that regards, please share.

    My own info:

    Age: 19
    BW: ~71kg / 155-160lbs
    Clean & Jerk: ~120kg / 265lbs
    Snatch: ~97kg / 210lbs
    Back Squat: ~165kg / 365lbs
    Front Squat: ~135kg / 300lbs

    I'd also love to know where others stand in their own lifts!
    If there is talent, he will break his way. David Rigert began weightlifting at 16 or 17 years old, after 4 years he confirmed the level of "Master of Sports of the USSR", thanks to coach Plückfelder. Then he successfully performed at international competitions for more than 10 years. So personally, everything is ahead of you, young athlete.
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    bench press 165 kgx1, 125 kgx13, 100 kgх24
    overhead press 100 kgx1, 82,5 kg 4 sets х 5 reps
    deadlift 230 kgx1, 200 kgx4, 190 kg 3 sets x 5 reps
    raw squat 180 kgx1, 150 kg 5x5
    chin-ups +25 kg x10 reps
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