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Weightlifter Home with the Silver

July 25, 2008

Last week, Jeff Scott, 49, of Montrose, returned from San Juan, Puerto Rico, bringing with him another silver medal. As a participant in the XXIII Pan American Masters Olympic Weightlifting Championships, he scored second in his age group(45-49) and 105 kg. weight class (231 lbs.).

Efrain A. Flores, a weightlifter from Venezuela, bested him by 5 kg. (11 lbs.) in the snatch event and 2 kg. (4.4 lbs.) in the clean and jerk event. Scott, who only returned to Olympic weightlifting less than three years ago after a hiatus of nearly 25 years, lifted 95 kg (209 lbs.) in the first series of lifts and 127 kg. (275 lbs.) in the second series.

In April of this year, Scott garnered a silver medal at the National Masters Olympic Championships in Savannah, Georgia, and another at the American Masters Olympic Weightlifting Championships in New York City last November. He trains under well-known coach Joe Triolo at the Lost Battalion Hall in Queens, N.Y., famous for its championship weightlifting teams. Scott is also an assistant coach and competes on the LBH team.

Three top weightlifting athletes at the XXIII Pan American Olympic Weightlifting Championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico. From left: silver medallist Jeff Scott, 49, of Team USA, gold medal winner Efrain A. Flores, 48, of Venezuela, and bronze medallist Rene Johnson, 48, also of Team USA. (Click picture to enlarge.)

Weightlifting is a sport that requires frequent travel. Jeff Scott lifts next on Saturday, July 26, at SUNY Binghamton University’s Chamber Hall in Binghamton, N.Y., in the Empire State Games as a member of the Hudson Valley Olympic Weightlifting team. In addition to lifting, Jeff Scott coaches the New York City team at the Empire State Games with Joe Triolo. Unlike Master’s competitions in which lifters over 35 years old are divided into age groups, at the Empire State Games men’s and women’s weightlifting contests are “open.” Mr. Scott is the oldest lifter on the Hudson Valley weightlifting team.

In September, he flies to the Ionian Sea resort town of Argostoli on the Greek island of Kefalonia, where he will compete in the International Weightlifting Federation’s World Masters Olympic Weightlifting Championships to be held between September 26 and October 4.

Jeff Scott is a graduate of Croton-Harmon High School and an honor graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1982. He also received a Master’s degree in Information Science from Pace University.

On July 26, 2008 9:41 AM, TeaDrinker said:

It’s a welcome change to see someone helping to portray this great country in a positive light through the medium of competitive sports. We’ve had enough images of war refugees, prisoner of war camps, waterboarding and torture that paint America unfavorably.

I graduated CHHS with Jeff. I’d call this “Local boy makes good.” He’s a nice guy who married a lovely Italian girl when he was stationed in Italy and now has two Italian-American daughters. Congratulations, Jeff.


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