This isn't Kendrick Farris' first rodeo. The Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, mark the third time the Shreveport, Louisiana native has made it to the world's largest stage.
"I haven’t had time to sit and just reflect," Farris told NBC Olympics. "I’m not shocked in any kind of way. I’m just trying to make sure that I make the most of it."
2008 Team USA Weightlifting Team
Farris is only the 8th American male weightlifter to compete in a third Olympic Games.
At his first Olympic Games in 2008 in Beijing, Farris finished 8th in the 85kg category. Four years later in London he scored a 10th place finish in the 85kg category with a total weight of 355kg. In Rio, Farris moved up to the 94kg category.
Farris' road to Rio wasn't easy. American men struggled to earn an Olympic weightlifting berth. Farris secured his spot on the Olympic team after earning a berth to the Pan American Championships in Cartagena, Colombia at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Salt Lake City. In Colombia, Farris out lifted all other Americans and snatched the men's only spot in the Olympic competition with a total weight of 364kg.
"I stuck to the game plan my coach [Dr. Kyle Pierce] and I came up with," Farris told NBC Olympics. "I did everything in my power to make this team. The plan had always been about training towards Rio."
While weightlifting consumes much of his life, the truth, and the quest to find it, is what drives Farris.
"I just speak what’s on my heart now,” Farris told his hometown newspaper the Shreveport Times. "When you don’t have any knowledge yourself, you can fall for anything."
Farris, 30, isn't afraid to speak his mind and empower others to find the truth.
"I’ve always been outspoken, but as you mature you figure out more of a direction," Farris said to the Shreveport Times. "If people are doing what they’re supposed to be doing, we can eliminate crime – a lot of things. Once you know who you are, you know how you’re supposed to be and how to conduct yourself. I call that living upright."
A husband and father of two children, Farris juggles many responsibilities. But he said the discipline that comes with sport can translate across his life.
"I’m all about getting people to understand hard work, understand what it takes to plan, understand how you can execute these things and that you can achieve any goal you set for yourself," Farris said to NBC Olympics.
Kendrick's competition & broadcast times
Kendrick's Olympic Trials Performance