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Powerlifter aims to ‘beat the best’

July 21, 2010

Fred Tenorio

Story and photo by Emily Bliss

Freddy Anthony Tenorio fell in love with weight lifting at age 14.

He began body building in a local gym in Cheyenne, Wyo.  Even as he worked on carving the perfect abs — and later moved into several track and field sports — he never forgot the shouts of enthusiasm he would hear for power lifters.

Now, at age 43, Tenorio is representing Team Wyoming in the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games as a heavyweight power lifter. He will compete on Wednesday, July 21, in three events: squats, dead lift and bench press.

Before shifting to power lifting, Tenorio took part in track and field, ranking seventh in the world in the decathlon at the Special Olympics World Games.

“I love power lifting more than body building, honestly. This is my sport now,” Tenorio said. “Power lifting is where I’m kicking some butt and when I compete the best. I’m going to beat the best.”

The roar of the crowd inspires Tenorio to push himself to excel.

“When I see that crowd, my motivation gets heavy, my adrenaline gets heavy, and it’s just pulsing,” Tenorio said.

Tenorio has certainly lived up to the standard for a heavyweight lifter. His personal records so far have been 405 lbs. in both squats and dead lift and up to 265 lbs. in bench press. Of the three events, he said he is most proud of the squats. As for Tenorio’s goals for the week, he is aiming for the highest goal of all.

“I’m hungry for that gold medal,” Tenorio said.

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