Olympic weightlifter stays humble on biggest stage

Going for the Gold 2016

Even though it’s Kendrick Farris’ third trip to the Olympics and second trip to Rio, he’s hoping to earn his first Olympic medal.

The Olympic weightlifter said he will focus on his performance Saturday, not the outcome.

“If you can focus on yourself and doing the best you can, then the results will take care of themselves,” Farris said.

Farris has a collection of medals from other competitions, set the US record in the clean and jerk during Olympic Trials and is the only male weightlifter to earn a spot on Team USA in Rio. Yet he remains humble.

“At the end of the day what’s going to matter is how I treat people, how I conduct myself because we can’t just be walking around with medals all the time. Or I can’t be walking around with Team USA gear on all the time. So I have to be mindful of the way I was raised, representing my family and friends and people I am close with,” Farris said.

One of those friends is his coach, Dr. Kyle Pierce, from LSU-Shreveport. He was there when Farris competed in the Pan American Games nine years ago.

“It’s all different because it’s the Olympic Games and nothing compares to the Olympic Games,” Pierce said.

And Kendrick said nothing compares to the support of family and friends.

“The best way I can show my appreciation is always to go out and do the very best that I can. You know what I’m saying. And hold myself to a very high standard and that’s regardless of what the results are and that’s to embody a champion spirit and that’s what I try to do,” Kendrick said.

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