Thank you for this post. I am a big fan of Pat and John Broz in terms of what they are doing. They put themselves out there, sometimes with more bravado than gym lifts might warrant, but at least he has the balls to get out there and declare his intentions. This is the first time I can remember where an American has not made a shit ton of excuses for not shooting to win Gold. He expects to win it one day and he is busting his ass to get there. Is he confident, perhaps even cocky? Maybe, but fuck if you want to be THE BEST IN THE WORLD you can't be intimidated by shit and you have to fucking KNOW you can do it. I like the fact he isn't ahh shucking himself into complacency. And you can't fault the kids work ethic that's for damn sure.
The kid had a bad meet, but virtually every other US lifter did too by their standards save Chad Vaughn and Spencer. Busting Pat's nuts for missing his best lifts is a bit haterish if you aren't going to say the exact same about Ferris, et al. I respect the shit out of Kendrick Ferris btw, he is a damn warrior to fight for that last jerk like that, but he had a terrible meet. Pat still put up what would have been the highest super heavy total in the Pan Am games if I recall. And if stories are true he did it with a fucking torn rotator cuff and about a weeks worth of serious lifting ahead of the competition.