Today, I am #thankful for this sport and everything it has given and taught me. Sharing the platform with gracious competitors like @heididenville is what makes international-level competition special. Heidi is among the women who helped paved the road for women in @theipf, along with @priscillaribic, @lianeblyn, Larysa Soloviova, and many more. I feel thankful every day for the bar they set (and continue to raise) for the rest of us. -
I am thankful for my coach, James Townsend @gatabarbell. We’ve been through a lot in the last two years — there have been bad meets, we’ve made big mistakes, dealt with injury and setbacks, and life in general. His support never wavered. I can say with confidence that this gold medal would have been a hell of a lot harder to win if it weren’t for James. -
My squat gold medal and 2 world records are for my brother, @randyhanson, who has shown up to almost every single squat day the last two years to wrap my knees. The most challenging thing about equipped powerlifting is pulling together a consistent crew. Randy has been a constant for me since I started this pursuit. ❤️ -
Making weight is basically effortless for me now, thanks to many years with @aydin_tsa holding me accountable (and listening to me complain). I believe eliminating as many variables as possible is important, especially when competing in equipment at the international level. Chris has mastered the process for me and I give him 100% of the decision making power in terms of my nutrition and water / sodium manipulation during a meet prep. -
There is an entire pit crew associated with a lifter’s success. Every person deserves personal recognition, but I’ll save that for offline 🙂 thank you to @sarah_helenn for fucking up my knees (they’re still torn up 6 days later), @bryce_tsa for so much moral support and keeping me grounded / focused, and to my training crew: @lurchman76, @matt_kileyak, @the_husky_one, and @jhlebechuk for keeping me safe (and humble 😉).