Name: Michael Nackoul

Team: Pittsburgh Barbell

Coach:  Rege Becker & Zygmunt Smalcerz

College Currently Attending or Graduated From (include year):  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

 Major Area of Study: Operations Management

Weight class: 85 kg

Height: 5"8

What year did you being lifting? Around 2003

How did you get involved? My older brother competed and I followed him around

Athletic Goals:  Take weightlifting as far as I possibly can. 

Favorite Competition Lift?  Clean and Jerk

Favorite Training Lift? Push-Press

Education: Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT) '13; Major-Information Technologies

Personal Goals: Become the best weightlifter I can be and be alive long enough to see the Pittsburgh Pirates have a winning season (Go Bucs!)

Favorite Food: Steak

Favorite Book: Outliers

Favorite TV Show: Modern Family

Favorite song that gets you motivated: Survivor- Burning Heart (from the Rocky 4 soundtrack)

Hobbies/Interested outside of Weightlifting: Fishing, hanging out with friends, Fantasy Football, eating, fixing things around my house

Most people don’t know that…. I have never eaten a hotdog in my life and I’m am a proud owner of a bulldog. 

 Most Influential Person(s) in Your Sporting Career: My family has been there every step of the way, I wouldn’t be anywhere without them. As far as lifters go, I have always looked up to Casey and Natalie Burgener. Not only are they great weightlifters, but they also are two of the best people I have ever met. 

 Hobbies/Interests Outside of Weightlifting:  Fishing, video games, golfing, Steelers, Pirates, pretty much all other sports.