The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games came about in Orlando, Florida, on June 5-10, 2022. The annual five-day contest allows neurodiverse athletes and athletes with bodily disabilities to function in a high-level, aggressive setting. One such male competitor not too long ago confirmed out with a powerful energy determine. 

On June 8, 2022, 93-kilogram athlete Kevin Cantrell accomplished a uncooked 227.5-kilogram (501.5-pound) deadlift. Cantrell’s official weight for the competitors was 85.28 kilograms (188 kilos) which suggests he lifted 2.66 instances his physique weight. The athlete donned only a lifting belt for the feat. 

Cantrell’s achievement drew the eye of well-known bodybuilder/actor/former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who reposted the athlete’s deadlift on his Instagram with the caption, “You inspire me, Kevin!”

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With his stellar efficiency within the books, listed here are Cantrell’s full stats from the competition: 

Kevin Cantrell (93KG) | 2022 Special Olympics USA Games 

  • Bench Press — 75 kilograms (165.5 kilos)
  • Deadlift —227.5 kilograms (501.5 kilos)
  • Total — 302.5 kilograms (667 kilos)

Notably, the Special Olympics USA Games gives variations of codecs. Cantrell represented his native state of Ohio within the push-pull configuration. That means the athlete didn’t log a squat and solely carried out the bench press and deadlift. 

Schwarzenegger’s Advocacy

A serious proponent of equal, truthful competitors for neurodiverse athletes, Schwarzenegger has labored with the Special Olympics group as a vocal ambassador for years. His former late mother-in-law, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, based the group on August 2, 1968. 

In 2017, based on the Washington Post, Schwarzenegger publicly tore down an Internet troll who made an offensive remark concerning the Special Olympics. After Schwarzenegger made a Facebook publish congratulating athletes who competed within the 2017 Special Olympics World Games, the nameless individual replied to the Austrian and derided the deserves of the Special Olympics.

That acquired on Schwarzenegger’s nerves. 

“As evil and stupid as this comment is, I’m not going to delete it or ban you (yet) because it’s a teachable moment,” Schwarzenegger wrote in response. He continued in a full teardown of why the commenter’s message was incorrect:

You have two attainable paths forward. Right now, I assure you that these athletes have extra braveness, compassion, brains, and talent — truly extra of each constructive human high quality than you.

So take their path — you possibly can be taught from them, and attempt to problem your self, to present again, so as to add one thing to the world. Or you may keep in your path, and maintain being a tragic pitiful jealous Internet troll who provides nothing to the world however mocks anybody who does out of small-minded jealousy.

I do know that every one you really need is consideration, so let me be clear. If you select to maintain going this manner, nobody will ever bear in mind you.

Celebrating Cantrell’s great feat appears to align with Schwarzenegger’s background and work with neurodiverse athletes and athletes with disabilities. This possible gained’t be the final time Schwarzenegger sees match to focus on an athlete competing with the Special Olympics group. 

Featured picture: @schwarzenegger on Instagram