All is quiet now at the Weightlifting Training Hall at Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro. But just days ago this place was packed with athletes and coaches as they prepared to fulfill their Olympic dreams. Fifty platforms in all, each equipped with a rack of shiny Zhangkong training bumper plates, were set up for the world's greatest athletes.
As for Team USA Weightlifting, this was only part of the training regiment for their Olympic competitions.
Through the favelas on the outskirts of Rio sits a training site on the edge of the jungle. Its coach, Dragos Stanica, represented Romania in the 1988 Games in Seoul, South Korea. He's good friends with Team USA Coach and 1972 Olympic Gold Medalist Zygmunt Smalcerz. The site was an ideal spot for Team USA athletes to train away from the hustle and bustle of Riocentro.
With any Olympic Games access to Olympic Venues can be challenging. The training site outside Olympic Park gave Team USA athletes the ability to train in their own space, on their own schedule with whomever they wanted by their sides.
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