I've made it a goal of mine to achieve a perfect ATG, high bar squat. I find the videos of guys squatting this way really impressive. I've got pretty inflexible hips and ankles, so I've been stretching a lot for the last week, and I'm making some good progress on my squat form.
I noticed, though, that the guys I watch squatting in the videos online are all wearing weightlifting shoes, which have an elevated heel. Right now, without shoes, I can do an ATG wall squat - but my feet feel pretty wide and turned out. If I narrow my stance, I just stop in the middle of the descent, like I can't pull my hips under me or my knees stop going forward (or both). I feel stuck. BUT if I put one inch weights under my heels, I can squat all the way down in this narrower stance.
So, I had been planning on stretching until I could hit the ATG squat with a fairly narrow stance, without the help of an elevated heel. But now I wonder if that's over-kill. Or even possible. Can most Olympic weightlifters squat ATG with a narrow stance, without the help of an elevated heel? Should I modify my goal be a good ATG squat, but with a wider stance because I'm not elevating my heel?
Generally, given the role of an elevated heel in Olympic weightlifting, what should my flexibility goals be? To squat well with elevated heels, or even without them?