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GEHS student Nathan Damron joins Team USA in Slovakia for Youth World Weightlifting Championship

Posted on Sep. 14th, 2012
Nathan Damron with Coach Boris Urman

Nathan Damron, a junior at GEHS, will be leaving on Sunday and traveling to the Youth World Weightlifting Championship in Kosice Slovakia with Team USA Weightlifting.

In June Nathan took the gold medal at the 2012 National Championships in Dearborn Michigan.

He competed in the 77-kilo (169lbs) weight class. His “Snatch” result was 105 kilos (231lbs) and “Clean and Jerk” was 128 kilos (281lbs) http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Weightlifting/Features/2012/June/25/2012-National-Youth-Championships-Information.aspx

In July Nathan was invited to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for the 2012 Summer Developmental Camp. While there he qualified to attend the WWC 2012 in Slovakia.

July 29th Nathan attended the AAU Junior Olympic Games in Houston, TX. He took first place there at 77 kilo and won best lifter over all for his age group. His “Snatch” was 107 kilos (235lbs) and “Clean and Jerk” was 133 kilos (292lbs) http://www.aauresults.org/jogames/pdf/2012/20121343834499.pdf

Nathan’s Coach, Boris Urman, won Coach of the Year at this competition.

Nathan has been training with Boris Urman in Merriam, Kansas for the past few years and owes his success to him.

Boris is a Russian weightlifting coach who has had many successful weightlifters since he started training youth here in the US in the 1980s, most recently Kelly Lynch from Overland Park. http://www.biggerfasterstronger.com/uploads2/KellyLynch.pdf

You could say that weight lifting is a family affair. Nathan’s sister Hannah, a freshman at GEHS, currently trains with Boris and competes at local tournaments and brother Brenton, a senior who plays football at GEHS, trained with Boris when he held training in the Damron basement between facilities in 2010.

Nathan, Hannah and Corey Brooks (who is a Senior at GEHS) make the trip to Merriam six days a week to train with Boris at Doug Lytle’s Xtreme Athletics. Boris currently trains several Shawnee Mission North athletes due to his training facilities proximity.

The entire Damron family is really excited, proud and grateful that Nathan has the chance to travel to Eastern Europe and compete for the USA. They look forward to the many possibilities that lie ahead of him in this sport.