Strong Will – Zach Krych

A few years ago I posted an entry about Olympic weightlifter Zach Krych. At the time, he was coming back from a severe double wrist injury that threatened his career. If you don’t recall the original entry, you can start by seeing what caused it here. As you’ll see, he got caught on his heels and crashed to the floor underneath 352 pounds. Following the accident, doctors told Zach that he’d never lift 100 pounds over his head again.

Fortunately, Zach did not heed the advice and made a successful return to the platform. Shortly after, he won a gold medal at the 2010 US National Championships.

The brief film below tells more about his accident and triumphant return.

The video concludes by mentioning that Zach was training with hopes of qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games. Unfortunately, Zach did not make the team, but his failure to do so in no way diminishes his accomplishments. Zach Krych came back from what could have been a career ending injury to become one of the best lifters in the world. If that isn’t inspiring, I don’t know what is.


“If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it round. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it. I don’t embrace trouble; that’s as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say meet it as a friend, for you’ll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

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