Jun 12 Kendrick Farris Going for the Gold

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Kendrick Farris

June 12, 2012, 3:05 p.m. (ET)

Weight Class: 85kg
Height: 5'7"
USA Weightlifting Club: Louisiana State University Shreveport
Coach: Kyle Pierce
Education: Attending Louisiana State University Shreveport
Most people don't know that... I've done stand-up comedy... I'm a father... I am a Miami Dolphins fan... I have 23 tattoos... I have an iPhone... I love Vitamin Water... I cut my own yard... and I'm a down to earth guy 
Most Influential person(s) in your sporting career: My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Monica Lockett (mother), Kyle Pierce (coach/pops), my family and friends
Hobbies/Interests outside of weightlifting: I enjoying doing comedy, editing/producing videos, playing video games (xbox 360) , and taking showers (this is my favorite thing to do because I am away from everything and it just gives me time to really think & reflect)
Favorite Books: To Kill a Mockingbird, Uncommon, and Dreams From My Father
Favorite TV Show: Seinfeld
Favorite Music Genre: Good music...doesn't matter as long as it is creative and has meaning
Favorite Food: Chef salad or Jumbo...pretty much anything my wife cooks

Favorite Competition Lift: Clean & Jerk
Favorite Training Lift: Clean grip dead lift

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Personal: Farris began lifting when he was 12-years-old after his uncle, Kevin Burns, read an article in the newspaper about a weightlifting development center for young athletes.  Less than 10 years after his introduction to the sport, Farris won back-to-back National titles in 2006 and 2007 en route to qualifying for his first Olympic Team.  Farris set two American Records at the Olympic Games in Beijing where he placed eighth.  He attributes faith in God and hard work to his success and has his sights set on climbing onto the World and Olympic podiums.   The 24-year-old juggles being a father to his four-year-old son Khalil with his quest for a clean and jerk World Record – a feat that he has come even closer to with practice lifts that are within eight kilograms of the World Record.

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