(7/9) The 7th World Weightlifting
Championships for University and College Students held at
Mount Saint Mary's University, Emmitsburg, MD on June 30 -
July 3rd was characterized by Dr. Tamas Ajan (President of the
International Weightlifting Federation and Member of the
International Olympic Committee) as the best organized event
he has attended in his forty years of service at the
international level. Dr. Ajan went on to support his bold
statement by adding "there was not a single problem through
out the competition, which is very unusual, especially on the
first day of competition". These comments were made at the
Closing Awards Banquet the evening of July 3..
Mr. Cady, the Event Director, stated
that the following highlights made this event such a huge
- There was not a single injury. Weightlifting is the
third safest sport among the forty-five Olympic sports. Only
badminton and table tennis have fewer reported incidents
requiring medical treatment.
- A record 138 athletes from 28 countries registered to
compete. This number was shy of the 175 goal stated by Event
Director Cady, but he stated his goals are always set high.
- The USA Men's Team won its first World Title while the
Women's Team placed second.
- Danica Rue, a USA team member from New Jersey, won the
first Gold Medal for an American in the World University
Championships. Danica was also selected as the Best Female
Athlete for the event.
- The Mount Saint Mary's University facilities and
services were unparalleled by any organization, according to
Event Director Cady, in his forty years of hosting
competitions. Also, many foreign visitors acclaimed that The
Mount was "the most beautiful college campus" they have ever
- The hospitality extended by the citizens of north
Frederick County in general and by Emmitsburg in particular
was considered by all as outstanding. The "Taste of
Emmitsburg" hosted by the town and many of its food vendors
and restaurants received the highest marks.
- The dignitaries that were lodged at the Cozy Inn in
Thurmont marveled at its unique characteristics, superb food
and courteous services. The Cozy staff could not have done a
better job of reinforcing the American tradition of
welcoming foreign guest with open arms.
Mr. Cady praised the volunteers and
sponsors. Without them, this event would not have taken place
and these achievements could not occur in Frederick County.
The army of nearly 100 dedicated and selfless workers
tirelessly committed their skills and energy to the success of
this competition for months prior to the event, during the
event and some after it was over. A wise person who understood
the true nature of volunteers once said, "volunteers are not
paid - not because they are worthless, but because they are
invaluable". Truer words were never spoken about our
The financial support and services in
kind of the 50 plus sponsors was absolutely essential.
Countries, other than the USA, fund the hosting of
international and national Olympic sporting events. In the
USA, the private sector finances the entire event costs from
bid fee ($5,000 for this event) to transportation to and from
the airports. All funds remaining after bills are paid will be
donated to the Maryland Sheriffs' Youth Ranch. Remember,
Americans send our athletes to Olympic competitions, not