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First Special Olympics Wyoming power lifter competes in Games

July 27, 2010


Coleman enters stage before competing in the bench press event held at Kimball Hall.


Coleman poses with his coach in between power lifting events on Thursday.

Photos and story by: Alanna Nunn, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

He’s a John Wayne fan and likes to watch baseball. He works at Village Inn in Casper, Wyoming and has done so for the past 20 years. He’s 67 years old and a power lifter in the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games.

Fred Coleman began his power lifting career in 2004 when the Special Olympics introduced the sport to the state of Wyoming. It was then that Fred became the first Special Olympics power lifting athlete in his state.

Coleman has participated in the Special Olympics for over 30 years. Aside from power lifting, he also competes in cross country skiing during the Special Olympics Winter Games. He has been training for the power lifting competition for about 16 weeks, and was fully prepared coming into the USA National Games. When asked what his favorite part about the event was, Coleman replied, “It would have to be the dead lift.”

Coleman says he has enjoyed a lot of things about his trip to Nebraska. He competed in the bench press and dead lift competitions on Thursday. The power lifting events were held at Kimball Hall at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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