This video is a profile of Shane Hamman, told in his own words and actions. Shane holds all the U.S. weightlifting records in the 105 kilogram plus category and holds the world record for the squat: 1,008 pounds.
Shane recalls writing on a piece of paper at age seven that he wanted to go to the Olympics. The dream came true. Shane was on the U.S. Olympic weightlifting team in 2000 and 2004. But Shane had started out as a power-lifter, competing in that sport between the ages of 18 and 23. Shane was advised not to make the switch to Olympic lifting because it had not been done successfully before. Shane disregarded the advice and went on to achieve great things.
But there was a setback along the way: a serious injury in 1999 that put Shane out of action for three weeks, until the day of the nationals when he set three American records. Shane credits his strong Christian faith for pulling him through.
Shane is seen in action coaching athletes along with Mike Burgener. Shane says: “CrossFit is one of the best things to come around for weightlifting. And weightlifting is one of the best things tor CrossFit. It’s such a good fit.” Shane thinks it’s great thousands more people are now doing snatches and clean and jerks because nothing develops athletic ability better.