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First Special Olympics Wyoming power lifter competes in Games

July 27, 2010

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

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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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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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Athletes show their pride at Opening Ceremony

July 20, 2010

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The Special Olympics flag being raised during the Opening Ceremony Sunday afternoon
Photo by Chelsey Wahlstrom at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Photos arranged by Chelsey Criner at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Find pictures of your state: (all photos are by students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
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Connecticut
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Florida
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Georgia
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Idaho
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Illinois
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Indiana
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Iowa
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Kentucky
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Louisiana
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Maryland
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Michigan
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Minnesota
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Mississippi
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Missouri
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Montana
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Nebraska
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Nevada
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New Hampshire
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New Mexico
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New York
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Ohio
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Oregon
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Pennsylvania
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Washington
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Soccer teams take to the fields for practice

July 18, 2010

Florida Unified Team

The Florida unified soccer team practices at the Ethel S. Abbott Sports Complex on Sunday, July 18, 2010.
Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Florida Unified Team

After a Sunday morning soccer practice, the Florida unified team shares some popcorn at the Ethel S. Abbott Sports Complex.
Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Rain at Abbott

Despite early rain, soccer teams were able to practice at the Ethel S. Abbott Sports Complex on July 18, 2010.
Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Lanyard with pins

Athletes exchange and wear pins on their lanyards.
Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Teams board bus

Athletes from Wyoming board a bus after Sunday practices at the Ethel S. Abbott Sports Complex on July 18, 2010.
Photo: Marcus Scheer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln



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