|First attempts should always be good!|
Meanwhile, while Jake keeps improving, his 146kg clean and jerk wasn't enough to put a medal total under his control. I opened conservatively with 157kg and was unable to control the dip on the jerk drive, and after saving the lift it was turned down for a soft lockout. Jason made 157kg, so I bumped up to 158kg for the lead, which I handled just fine. Mike Cerbus stuck around and hit 163kg on his second attempt, so Leo had me go up to 164kg to try and stay ahead in the CJ medals and to put pressure on Jason. Once again I made the clean, but another rushed dip cost me the jerk, and 128kg/158kg/286kg was all I could post. Jason, meanwhile, was the target of some confusion, as he had called for 164kg and should have gone before me due to lower lot number. The head table then denied his ability to take that weight and he asked for 165kg, then it appeared they reversed the decision, but Jason was already ready, so with 165kg loaded he made a valiant attempt.
|I admit, I can't tell if I'm happy or disappointed.|
Chad, of course, remained Chad, and opened very conservatively with an easy 171kg. With that out of the way he jumped to 184kg but missed the jerk. As much as I would have loved Chad to bomb and give me my own first national title, that ship had sailed, so I joined his cheerleading squad and gave him my best encouragement. This time he made it - keep in mind that's only 6kg under his own American record - and made my day when he told me, "I made that one for you!"
|Chad won a picture of a barbell.|
One of the backstories going on at this meet was the introduction of updated results after each session. We have been looking to make eastcoastgold.org a place where our fans can watch the action and see what's going on in a simple way, so I set up a system where we could upload the information directly to the website so people didn't have to wait several days for USAW to officially release it. Leo recruited Jami Willette-Brown to put together a crew to do the grunt work, and she got Chalene Fleming and Mary Storch involved. They were all so awesome that everything went flawlessly except for some minor hiccups due to extremely poor internet connectivity and some technical issues that I missed. The results speak for themselves, as our traffic jumped nearly an order of magnitude. We're already actively working on improving the system for next time!
|It's like I'm at work! When Chalene wasn't busy working on|
the results she was instead busy fixing Jared's computer.