by Al Myers
It was a great honor to “share the stage” with Art Montini in receiving the 25 Year Performance Award. This award went to the 2 lifters who have won the most Overall Best Lifter Awards at the National Championships over the 25 year history of the USAWA. Art and I have 4 apiece. My years – 2010, 2009, 2008, & 2006. Art’s years were – 1995, 1993, 1992, & 1991.
I have a long ways to go to “fill Art’s shoes”. Art’s last Overall Best Lifter Award in 1995 occurred when he was 67 years of age! His first was when he was 63. I have to do some checking to verify this fact, but I’m pretty sure that that he is the oldest lifter to ever win this prestigious title. It is simply amazing everything Art has accomplished in the USAWA over the last 25 years, and when you realize that all of this lifting success happened after the age of 60 it even makes it more unbelievable!