So i'm just wondering: who on T-Nation actively trains or competes in Olympic Lifting?
In my country (Australia), oly-lifting has about the same national profile as curling (the winter sport, not the bicep exercise). This seems to be the case with other "western" countries such as the USA, Canada and the UK. So i'm also curious to know why/how you first got involved with the sport.
Suppose i better go first:
I've been interested in olympic lifting since i first saw the infamous "Pyrros Dimas Training Video" about two years ago. I'd always had a passion for strength and fitness, but that video was (and still is) one of the most impressive things i'd ever seen.
As it turns out, a PT at my local gym just happened to be the state champion in his weight class, so i took a few sessions with him to learn the basics. He also reffered me to a local club in the area but for some reason i never really got around to calling them.
Fast-forward to last year's Beijing Olympics. I'm watching the weightlifters go at it and thinking "i need to be doing this", so i made a call to that local club. I've been training exclusively in oly-lifting since September last year, competed in my second competition 4-weeks ago, with a third comming up in June. Loveing every minute of it.