Pat Mendes, winner of the 2007 and 2008 National High School Power Clean Championships, is making his presence felt in Olympic lifting. At 280 pounds bodyweight, here he is shown snatching 365 pounds (166 kilos) and squatting 617 pounds (280 kilos). He has also clean and jerked 440 pounds (200 kilos) and cleaned 462 pounds (210 kilos).
Mendes’ coach is John Broz, shown with his powerful lifting team. Pat is only 18 years old.
Left to right: Brett Rather, John Broz, Pat Mendes, Taylor Smith, Ricky Rhinehart, Tyler Thuente
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