Evan Pittman is not new to the junior weightlifting circuit. The 16-year-old has moved five times since age 10 due to his father’s military service, but has used powerlifting as an anchor to his normal. Now, his normal appears to spreading its wings, as Pittman has once again shattered records and expectations at the AAU Junior Olympics.
Pittman captured a total of six gold medals at the Junior Olympics, including world records in the raw squat (363 lbs.), and single lift raw and single lift equipped deadlift (443 lbs.). Those three age group world records mean Pittman has now earned an astounding 92 since he began competing at the ripe age of 10. According to the blog that chronicles his success, World’s Strongest Violinist, he has successfully set age group world powerlifting records at every Junior Olympic Games since 2009.
Pittman will be a junior at Phoenix Country Day School in the coming semester, so he still has time to make a significant impact, not to mention 18 months to set eight more age group records. And if powerlifting doesn’t work out, Pittman has other alternatives for an Olympic track. The youngster competes in springboard diving for Phoenix Country Day and also trains for skeleton, the Olympic ice sport that operates like forward-facing luge. And if he could have any of those three sporting futures?
“Being strong and fast increases your options,” Pittman told AAU media. “And training builds the discipline for success.”
Success is something Pittman already knows plenty about, and it sure looks like he’s lining himself up for a future with plenty more, too.