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  • Part 2. Saturday, June 29th. Anaheim, CA. The technical director appears from black curtains, a list of names printed on a plain sheet of paper. He hands one to the counting table and carries the other with him. “Gentlemen, its time to line up”. As a few lifters amble over to him, he speaks again, a little louder this time, “Alright, it’s time to line up!”. Ryan (@ryangrimsland) stands from his chair, still donning his white hoodie. He’s worn it all day. Though the temperature outside is just shy of making your skin feel as though it may boil, it is cool in the concrete floored hall. He takes it off, revealing a simple black shirt that is plain, save the gold “TEAM USA” letters and a Nike swoosh screen printed on its front, a small American flag on the back. Meredith is standing close by and she takes it from him as he takes his spot in line. Coach Jimmy (@lift4life_weightliftingteam) has found a moment of free time and the company of Travis (@coachtravismash) and Joe (@thetravelingweightlifter). They laugh and joke over all of the happenings of the weekend. Jimmy has been busy, helping several lifters through out the past few days. Now, with C4 in hand, he is ready to unwind, even if just for a session. Ryan returns from waving to the spectators, returning to his seat to wait on Travis to tell him to touch the barbell for the first time. As Joe and Travis make their way over to the cards, Coach Jimmy walks over to Ryan and the Mash entourage. “... you go out there and you make a total!” I hear Jimmy say. Ryan laughs, the way a nephew would laugh at a crazed, but fun, uncle. I see Jimmy smile, a small, playful thing that I doubt many others could see. Meredith scoots over to me, “he probably doesn’t know what to do with himself. He’s not coaching anyone.” And she’s probably right, I think. He’s so involved and I never see him with a vacant moment, save this one. This continues for a while, all of us laughing, commiserating. In a few moments, that will be lost. Soon Ryan will have to focus and the rest of us will only be able to watch. For now, though, we have this moment. #barbellstories
    Part 2. 
Saturday, June 29th. Anaheim, CA.

The technical director appears from black curtains, a list of names printed on a plain sheet of paper. He hands one to the counting table and carries the other with him. “Gentlemen, its time to line up”. As a few lifters amble over to him, he speaks again, a little louder this time, “Alright, it’s time to line up!”. Ryan (@ryangrimsland) stands from his chair, still donning his white hoodie. He’s worn it all day. Though the temperature outside is just shy of making your skin feel as though it may boil, it is cool in the concrete floored hall. He takes it off, revealing a simple black shirt that is plain, save the gold “TEAM USA” letters and a Nike swoosh screen printed on its front, a small American flag on the back. Meredith is standing close by and she takes it from him as he takes his spot in line. 
Coach Jimmy (@lift4life_weightliftingteam) has found a moment of free time and the company of Travis (@coachtravismash) and Joe (@thetravelingweightlifter). They laugh and joke over all of the happenings of the weekend. Jimmy has been busy, helping several lifters through out the past few days. Now, with C4 in hand, he is ready to unwind, even if just for a session. 
Ryan returns from waving to the spectators, returning to his seat to wait on Travis to tell him to touch the barbell for the first time. As Joe and Travis make their way over to the cards, Coach Jimmy walks over to Ryan and the Mash entourage. “... you go out there and you make a total!” I hear Jimmy say. Ryan laughs, the way a nephew would laugh at a crazed, but fun, uncle. I see Jimmy smile, a small, playful thing that I doubt many others could see. Meredith scoots over to me, “he probably doesn’t know what to do with himself. He’s not coaching anyone.” And she’s probably right, I think. He’s so involved and I never see him with a vacant moment, save this one. 
This continues for a while, all of us laughing, commiserating. In a few moments, that will be lost. Soon Ryan will have to focus and the rest of us will only be able to watch. 
For now, though, we have this moment. 
#barbellstories


    Part 2. Saturday, June 29th. Anaheim, CA. The technical director appears from black curtains, a list of names printed on a plain sheet of paper. He hands one to the counting table and carries the other with him. “Gentlemen, its time to line up”. As a few lifters amble over to him, he speaks again, a little louder this time, “Alright, it’s time to line up!”. Ryan (@ryangrimsland) stands from his chair, still donning his white hoodie. He’s worn it all day. Though the temperature outside is just shy of making your skin feel as though it may boil, it is cool in the concrete floored hall. He takes it off, revealing a simple black shirt that is plain, save the gold “TEAM USA” letters and a Nike swoosh screen printed on its front, a small American flag on the back. Meredith is standing close by and she takes it from him as he takes his spot in line. Coach Jimmy (@lift4life_weightliftingteam) has found a moment of free time and the company of Travis (@coachtravismash) and Joe (@thetravelingweightlifter). They laugh and joke over all of the happenings of the weekend. Jimmy has been busy, helping several lifters through out the past few days. Now, with C4 in hand, he is ready to unwind, even if just for a session. Ryan returns from waving to the spectators, returning to his seat to wait on Travis to tell him to touch the barbell for the first time. As Joe and Travis make their way over to the cards, Coach Jimmy walks over to Ryan and the Mash entourage. “... you go out there and you make a total!” I hear Jimmy say. Ryan laughs, the way a nephew would laugh at a crazed, but fun, uncle. I see Jimmy smile, a small, playful thing that I doubt many others could see. Meredith scoots over to me, “he probably doesn’t know what to do with himself. He’s not coaching anyone.” And she’s probably right, I think. He’s so involved and I never see him with a vacant moment, save this one. This continues for a while, all of us laughing, commiserating. In a few moments, that will be lost. Soon Ryan will have to focus and the rest of us will only be able to watch. For now, though, we have this moment. #barbellstories

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