Episode 27 – Coach Kevin Simons!

We sat down with Kevin Simons—coach to Harrison Maurus and several other great athletes—for a conversation on coaching Youth athletes, how he developed as a coach, Harrison’s amazing strength journey, and much more. This was our first time recording an episode in person with a guest so we decided to film it as well as record audio (although the camera battery died toward the end). We hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did!

Huge thanks to Kevin for taking the time to do this during his *extremely* busy weekend of coaching at the American Open Series III in Las Vegas. And big thanks to Gregor of ATG for providing the footage of Harrison Maurus training!



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Episode 26 – Morghan King!

Two episodes in two weeks—unprecedented for the Doctors! In this episode we sit down for a great conversation with USA’s Morghan King: 2016 Olympian, three-time National Champion, American record holder (83kg snatch at 48kilos), and multiple-time representative of Team USA on the international stage. Morghan discusses her rapid rise in the sport (the 2012 American Open was her first national meet), her training leading up to Rio, her plans for the future, her two rescue dogs Fergus and Chewy, and much, much more. Enjoy!


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Episode 25 – Rebeka Koha!

In this episode we chat with Latvia’s 58-kilo star Rebeka Koha! Although still a Junior Rebeka has already built up an extremely impressive weightlifting resume: 2016 Olympian (4th), 2017 Junior World Champion, bronze medallist at the 2017 World Championships, and then GOLD medallist at the 2018 European Championships. Rebeka shares her start in the sport, her intense training schedule, her mindset on the platform, and her plans for the future (and much more). Enjoy!

Many thanks to the one and only Gregor of ATG for helping set this up!

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Episode 24 – Harrison Maurus!

We sit down for a chat with USA’s Harrison Maurus, who recently became the first American male in twenty (20!) years to win a Senior World Championships medal (bronze in total and clean & jerk in the 77s at the 2017 Worlds). Harrison is also a Youth World Record holder, an American Record holder, and—as we learned—a big fan of the video game Destiny. He shared his history in the sport (and before the sport), his training, his goals in the sport, and much, much more. Enjoy!

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Episode 23 – Norik Vardanian!

After a (slight) hiatus, we are joined by Norik Vardanian, an athlete who has been at the highest level of weightlifting in TWO countries: the US and Armenia. Norik covered a range of topics with us, including returning from his most recent injury, training in the USOC vs Armenia, his positive test from 2012, his current and future plans, what he’s learned from Jenny Arthur, and what it’s like having the legendary Yurik Vardanian as a father. Enjoy! Also available on iTunes.

Episode 22! With Olympic medallist Cheryl Haworth!

This past weekend the Doctors were together in lovely Chicago (loosely, Chicago-area), Illinois, for the 2017 USAW National Championships. While there we had the pleasure to record an episode with Cheryl Haworth: 2000 Olympic bronze medallist, 2004 and 2008 Olympian, American record holder, Youth World record holder, and multiple-time National Champion (among other accomplishments). Cheryl spoke with us about her development, her training environment with some of the sport’s greats, her mindset when returning from a serious injury, her American records (128 snatch, 161 clean and jerk, and 287 total!), and much, much more. Enjoy!


[NB: the profile is a portrait of fellow Olympian Cara Heads Slaughter, who we had as a guest on our previous episode.]

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Episode 21! With US Olympian Cara Heads Slaughter

After a slight hiatus, The Two Doctors are back with an interview with US Olympian (2000) Cara Heads Slaughter! She shares her background in the sport, her experiences at the Olympics, and her transition from athlete into coach. Enjoy!


To learn more about Cara and her coaching, check out her site: http://www.chfitnessandperformance.com/



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Episode 20! With Olympic medallist Christine Girard

Against all odds, The Two Doctors podcast has reached the milestone of TWENTY episodes! And with us for this show is a VERY special guest: Canada’s Christine Girard, a two-time Olympian (2008 and 2012) and (soon-to-be) multiple Olympic medallist AND presumed Olympic Champion (2012), once the IWF sorts out the drug-testing fiasco of those Games. Christine spent over an hour talking with us about her history in the sport, the weightlifting culture in Quebec, her training and competition mentality, her Olympic experiences, and much, much more. Listen and learn from someone who has competed—and triumphed—at the sport’s highest levels. Enjoy and let us know what you think here, on our Facebook page, or on iTunes!

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Episode 19: With IWF Executive Board members Sam Coffa and Moira Lassen!

In this episode we have TWO special guests from the IWF Executive Board: Sam Coffa and Moira Lassen. They share their thoughts and insights on a range of topics: new and upcoming rule changes in the IWF, reactions to the 2008 and 2012 retests, the use of video replay in judging, the addition of a new women’s weight class, and much, much more. Enjoy!


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