The Strongest weightlifters in Samoa Take On Terron Beckham | Olympic Outposts

The Strongest weightlifters in Samoa Take On Terron Beckham | Olympic Outposts

Weightlifting can be traced
back to ancient Greeks and Egyptians. But Samoa seems to be
the new hot spot arising. Despite a secluded location
in the Pacific Ocean, Samoans seem to be dominating
in the biggest weightlifting competitions worldwide. Let’s find out how their
passion for the sport has given them
success and the drive to be one of the top
Olympic weightlifting teams in the world. (OLYMPIC OUTPOSTS
PRESENTED BY BRIDGESTONE) (SAMOA) (APIA) I’m Terron Beckham. You may have noticed me from
my viral fitness videos taking over the internet. I’ve come to Samoa to see
how this tiny island has taken over the Olympic
weightlifting stage. I want to see what
their gyms are like, how they are staying fit,
and to observe their culture. Since I travelled a
long way to get here, I’ve been dying to get a
train session in with some of the best Samoan
weightlifters. Let’s find out what we got. You brought the first
medal here to Samoa in 2008, Beijing Olympics. How did the country react to your winning the medal? My country is so happy,
just won, best of my life, an Olympics medal. Did that motivate your
family to weightlift? Yeah. My whole family, sisters and
brothers and my brother’s kids we train. That’s amazing. That’s a very
comforting feeling, just having the whole family
here, bringing each other up. How often do you
have to train a week? We train six days a week. Sometimes we train
on Sundays also. So it’s two training sessions
a day, sometimes three times a day. And that’s throughout the year. So there’s no such thing as what they say, overtraining for
you? There’s such thing as
not enough training. And when you’re from a country
like Samoa, which were down at the bottom, and
trying to catch up to the big guns like
Russia and China, there’s no such thing
as overtraining. We need more and more training. As a matter of fact, we
need to train four times a day. What in the day goes along
with the weight training? Some of these lifters
have to go to work. Some have to go to school. We do it basically
for the country, to get that flag
raised internationally at the Olympic Games,
at the Commonwealth Games. That’s really the passion behind what we do here in
weightlifting. What makes Samoa different? Well, first of all, we have
very limited resources, limited funding. We had a lot of work to do. We had to learn the hard way. But I think over the
years, we managed to tap into the local talent
and take that to a deep level. We are driven, passionate,
and we won’t stop until we win that gold medal. Let’s go! We want speed. No speed, you’re not
going to get it up. Here with Lauititi Lui,
who just won second at n the Commonwealth Games. How do you feel about that? This is my first time to get a
silver medal at the Commonwealth. 500lbs overhead. What do you have planned? I need to do the rehab on my
knees and I think some training next year for the Olympics. Is today just one
of your heavy days? – No.
– No? – It’s light.
– It’s a light day? What? You know, when I train,
I go in the gym, I’m like the top dog. I put up all the weight. I do impressive stuff. That, putting up 315
overhead, everybody looking at me like, crazy,
right? People around here, they
see that, it’s just like, I could do that too. Like Jerry said, their
resources are limited. I think that’s going to
motivate me to really not complain about where
I’m at, get training done, whether it’s home, gym, outside, just do it and
just be great. Because all of us are
achieving greatness. I had a great time training
with the national team. And after meeting Ele, who
brought the first Olympic medal to Samoa and comes from a
family of weightlifters, we’ve been invited
to their home. So hopefully we get
to see that medal. Welcome to my house. – Would you like to come in?
– Yes. Thank you for inviting me.
Wow. All these astonishing medals. Is that the Beijing,
right there, silver medal? Yeah. Wow. Seeing this medal right
now in your hands, how did you feel when
you knew you won? First time in my life we
have a medal from Olympics. In Samoa, no-one has
a medal in all sports. I’m so, so, so happy to… You got one. Amazing. When you were
travelling to Beijing, what was going on in your head? I’m not thinking
about winning a medal. I think about, I want
to lift the weight. I want, fire, I can do it. I’m so confident. I can do it.
I can do it. (MARY OPELOGE’S HOUSE) So you all these
medals around here. Who showed you
how to weightlift? Oh, the first person
was my auntie. How does it feel to be a part
of a family of weightlifters? It’s a good motivation for us. Some others, they
train and we are there to help each other,
pushing them, keep going, going to
reach their goals. I always got a gold medal… – Always got a gold medal.
– Yeah. Have you ever been
to the Olympics? Yes, it’s amazing. I got a very good
experience, Olympics, that’s the end of everyone aiming for any games. And I’m so happy inside, weightlifting my first time. This one, it’s my gold medal for the Commonwealth
Championship 2015. That’s my last gold medal for
the Commonwealth Championship. And I got injured from that. That’s a good way to
kind of go out, honestly. You come back even stronger.
Nice. Well, thank you for your time,
your accomplishments are great. Get better with your injury. I know you’ll be back
on that big platform. Thank you. We’re here where some of the weightlifters come as a job to plant taro.
This is taro? Yeah. It seems as if the physical
training never stops. Are we making a spot
for the taro, to plant? – Yeah.
– OK. We got some back work,
some shoulder work. Yeah, this is
definitely a workout. Time for me to jump
in on the plant. I came up doing labour work
in the south, Texas, Arkansas. When people ask you, where
you get your strength from? How do you look like that? Stuff like this is a
great base to really develop the body
without even knowing it and to build more from
your weightlifting. So these guys are constantly
getting stronger and stronger day by day. Now it’s time to eat. So what do we have behind us? – We’re going to make umu.
– Umu? Yeah, make taro and
bananas to put on the umu. We make fire, we can cook. – Yeah.
– OK. All right. So what we got here? Coconut cream and fish. Coconut cream and fish. And onions inside. And it’s beautiful. Taro here. So this is the fish. Put the taro in it. Put the taro in it?
Like this? Yeah, scoop it up. Whoa! The fish makes the
taro so much better. My guy. Would you say this is the key to the success of
weightlifting? The taro I think has a
lot to add to our diet. It’s given us heavy
bones and heavy muscles. Hey, man, look, I’d love
to hear you keep talking, but I’m just going
to keep eating. I just finished,
just to let you know. It’s been an
incredible time here training with the
weightlifting team and really understanding
where they come from. To see people that have been
doing it for years and years and years and use my max
as their warm-up, which is something that really opened
my eyes to see like, wow, these people are out here
working twice as hard, going at it each and every day. And it’s going to
make me go back home and really put in work. It’s clear that these
athletes are on the rise and they’re not
stopping any time soon.

59 Replies to “The Strongest weightlifters in Samoa Take On Terron Beckham | Olympic Outposts”

  1. It's no secret. They're huge. There were a lot of Samoans at my high school. There's a reason that relative to their population, they dominate in physical sports such as American football and rugby. You gotta remember there are only a few hundred thousand Samoans in the whole world but look how visible they are in athletics that require strength.

  2. Hey guys I know you won’t read this but if you do I have been in love with the olympics for 6 years now and my dream is to one day get there and be just like Michael Phelps one day i hope to break many records and eventually get on the USA swim team and maybe meet Michael himself.that was my quick little note and maybe I’ll see you soon

  3. Didnt see a single Samoan athlete in the latest 2018 world Championship in Tashkent. Not being rude but dont think they can beat Russia, China, Georgia or Iran anytime soon. Best of luck in the future.

  4. Samoans (and other Pacific islanders) are naturally strong people. With the right techniques and commitment to the any sport, they can become top athletes!

  5. Sir, Thank you for this video. The Samoan lifters have strong beginning with Hawaii on the island of Oahu. Back in the 80s, they started come to our open meets on Oahu. They started learning the sport from our Great Tommy Kono. They were few men lifters that were coming. It very strong beginning for them. They were Very nice fellows, and With their coach. The Samoan hospitality. But, look where they are now! Awesome! They have come a long ways!

  6. These guys are huge but China is the one dominating the weightlifting world. just look at the recent World Weightlifting Championship medal count.

  7. It's a shame Ele Opeloge didn't get to experience receiving her medal at the actual games. She came 4th but the silver and bronze medallists failed the reanalysis of their drugs test years later and she was given the medal 8 years after the games.

  8. Ok so my friend is somoan(idk how to spell it) and she is literally the heaviest lifter in my boy/ girl weightlifting class…. is this why??

  9. That would be pretty dope if The Rock would help out with donating some weights and supplies back home.

  10. bruce lee once quoted im not worried for the man that does 1000 kicks once, im worried for the man that does one kick 1000 times

  11. Watch this, if Samoa starts dominating the weightlifting scene the Olympic community going to ban Taro usage ????

  12. For a small country of around 200,000 people, this is quite amazing. They seem to be popping up on the world stage on many different levels – from sports to entertainment (Hollywood), to other spheres of society! That their coach targets Russia and China as the bench mark of their weightlifting program! That’s definitely not thinking small! Hahaha

  13. I've been telling my cousins that we come from strong and mighty people. As the guy was explaining how you if you were to "put up 315 overhead" everybody would be impressed but if you were to work out with a Samoan that's basically nothing to them. I've seen Samoans that were High School Fresh Men's putting up 425 or over on squats and benching was around 315 or more. We are very humble and strong people.

  14. what? they are not a weightlifting powerhouse by any measure. Like…they have 1 olympic medal and 0 world champions. They have never even placed in worlds. Yeah they are on the rise and doing well for the size of the country, but theyre not close to the actual powerhouse nations

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