After picking up three gold medals at the National Championships I looked in the mirror, smiled, and said I Am Forgiven.

The Rise of #ThePhoenix was never about a winning a weightlifting competition but overcoming in life after the setbacks, pain, and disappointments.

The Phoenix Diaries will document training all the way into the American Open in December in Dallas where I try to go for another American Open title 10 years after winning the first one in 2003.

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Music by Alley Boy "Street Life"

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