Neiman Wickline had a pretty good day yesterday. Not only did she win her 3rd straight National Championship, she made all her lifts going 6 for 6, made a PR clean and jerk, and got an award for having the best technique in her session.
I am really proud of Neiman, but what makes me proud of her is not what she did yesterday. After coaching her from age 7, I had to move away when Neiman was 11. I left her without a coach and without a gym or a team to train with. Now Neiman has a good support group, great parents and a super supportive grandmother who is a very accomplished lifter herself. But even so, not many 11 year olds would have stuck with a sport like weightlifting if faced with the scenario Neiman was faced with. She went from training with a coach to having none. She went from training in a gym with a team to training in a garage by herself.
But Neiman stuck with it. She heads out to the garage 4 days a week. She puts the time and work in. Her parents and grandmother find the money to send her to the meets, send her to the camps at the OTC in the summer, fly her out to see me when then they can.
And for 3 years now Neiman has kept heading out to the garage and putting the work in, and now she has 3 gold medals from 3 consecutive National Championships hanging on her wall, and is one of the most promising young lifters around.
I am really proud of Neiman for doing what very few kids her age would do. And I am very happy that she is being rewarded with the kind of success that very few kids her age achieve.
Way to go Neiman!