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Each competitor is allowed three to four attempts on each lift depending on their standing and the organization they are lifting in. The lifter?s best valid attempt on each lift counts toward his competition total. If two or more lifters achieve the same total, the lighter lifter ranks above the heavier lifter. Competitors are judged against other lifters of the same gender, weight class, and age.


Special Olympics Powerlifting is a collection of weightlifting events where all competitors have a physical or mental disability. Events offered are squat, bench press or a combination of the two. Special Olympics powerlifting is a form of competitive lifting meant for athletes with physical or mental disabilities. Special Olympics powerlifters are eligible to compete in three lifts: the bench press, the deadlift and the squat, or in combination. As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender. Note that Special Olympics athletes must be 16 years of age before competing in powerlifting.


In 1983, powerlifting was introduced to the Special Olympics. The 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games powerlifting event had a total of 129 competitors representing more than 20 programs in the squat, bench press, deadlift, and combination feats. The Special Olympics Athlete Participation Report in 2005 stated more than 20,000 Special Olympics athletes competed in powerlifting.