October 2013 - Sam Downey
introduce yourself. Who are you? How old are you? Where were you born? Etc.
Give the readers some background about yourself.
you located in Georgia and where do you train at?
your hobbies (other than powerlifting)?
were stranded on a deserted island and could only have 3 things, what would
your role model and why?
something that most people don’t know about you?
could ask anyone from history any question, who would it be and what would you
anything about powerlifting you would like to change or wish was
your occupation? Does it interfere with competing or visa versa?
10. How did you get into powerlifting and how
many years have you been competing?
11. Are you involved in powerlifting in any way
besides as a competitor?
12. What are your biggest squat, bench press,
deadlift and total numbers?
13. What titles, records and achievements have
you accumulated during your powerlifting career?
14. Can you describe your training philosophy
and/or a typical training session?
15. Do you compete equipped (squat suit, bench
press shirt & deadlift suit) or unequipped (no suits) or both and what
weight class(s) and divisions(s) do you compete in?
16. What is your favorite lift, squat or bench
press or deadlift or all three and why?
17. Who is the most impressive lifter you have competed
18. Who is your greatest rival?
19. Who do you think is the greatest lifter of all time?
20. When was your last competition & how did
21. Do you have any upcoming
competitions? If so, when and where?
22. How do you prepare for an upcoming
competition? Describe each aspect that you focus on as you prepare for a
have one day close to the meet where we just go through lifts and commands to
help get our minds set. I always have to focus on getting low enough on my
23. Is there anything you will do differently to prepare for your next
competition that is different from your last one?
Not really besides getting low enough for my squat attempts.
24. How many competitions do you compete in each
Around 4-6 each year.
25. What advice & tips would you give to a
powerlifter that is just beginning? If you are just beginning, what advice have
you received from other lifters or coaches?
tell them to listen to their coach and pay attention to the rules for good
26. Has powerlifting had a big impact on your
life? If so, how?
it has, I believe it has made me a much better and stronger person both
physically and mentally. All the people that you meet going to competitions
have great advice and have things that you can learn from them.
27. Do you stay in touch with lifters you compete
Nobody except for my teammates.
28. What is your #1 or most prestigious meet you
ever competed at in your career?
Nationals in Orlando, Fl
29. Do you compete in any other strength sports
such as Olympic lifting, strongman, highland games, etc?
30. What is your favorite memory from any
powerlifting competition or event?
Seeing a guy from our
first meet deadlift 700lbs.
31. Do you see yourself still competing in ten
years? If so, what are your goals for ten years from now?
33. If we're sitting here a year from now
celebrating what a great year it's been for you, what would be the reason?
Setting a world record for squat.
34. Anyone you would like thank for helping you along the way
in your Powerlifting career?
definitely thank the Keesee family for opening up their home to us. Jake
Gorcyzca for making me push myself harder. And the support of my family and my
fellow teammates and their families.
35. Is there anything else you would like to add?
Thank you for your time and best of luck in your upcoming powerlifting endeavors!