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[ROGER SADECKI


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ROGER SADECKI: WATCHING HISTORY FROM THE FRONT SEAT


By Kevin Farley


After decades of competing and serving as a technical official in the sport of weightlifting, Roger Sadecki has seen it all.


ROGER SADECKI SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE, RETIRING AS A LIEUTENANT COLONEL IN 1994. HE SERVED FOUR YEARS ACTIVE DUTY AND 24 YEARS RESERVE DUTY AS A WEATHER OFFICER.


However, his experience at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad


in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, likely trumped anything he had ever seen before. Sadecki served as an alternate Jury member for the Men’s


+105kg A session at the Games. During the Snatch, Behdad Salimi of the Islamic Republic of Iran set a World Record with a 216kg lift. In the Clean and Jerk, Salimi missed his first attempt at 245kg. His second attempt, also at 245kg, was first ruled a good lift by the referees. But upon closer inspection, the Jury ruled the attempt as a no lift. Exhausted from the experience, Salimi missed his third and final attempt, bombing out of the Olympic Games, and failed to defend his gold medal from the 2012 Games. Social media erupted after the session. An Instagram post by


the International Weightlifting Federation of the medalists from the +105kg category garnered more than a million comments— many upset with the Jury’s decision. Sadecki’s Instagram account wasn’t spared. “Well quite a few Iranian fans found my Instagram account,”


Sadecki told USA Weightlifting. “I got a lot of hate mail, to put it mildly.” Sadecki’s list of accomplishments in our sport is long. Sadecki started lifting in 1961 during his sophomore year of college. A


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17-time Minnesota State champion, one of Sadecki’s proudest moments was on the platform. “My 147.5kg press in the 82.5kg class at the 1972 Nationals,”


Sadecki said. “Also my two 4th place finishes at Nationals,” Sadecki said when asked of his proudest accomplishments.


“Weightlifting changed most significantly when the press was eliminated in 1972.”


For decades now, he’s been seen around the world repre-


senting the United States as a technical official at international Weightlifting meets, including the Olympic Games. “I was the Team Leader at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, a Tech-


nical Official on the Jury at the 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio Olympics,” Sadecki said. Being in the sport so long, Sadecki has seen major changes in


Weightlifting. “Weightlifting changed most significantly when the press was eliminated in 1972,” Sadecki said. “Women were then added


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