Dot: Out of high school, I turned down basketball scholarships to focus on track and field-I was a shot-putter. The strength coach started us on lifting. I went from 5'6" to 6'1" in eighth grade so I was big, and my coach said, "Why don't we do some dead-lifting?" You know what that is, where you just pick up the barbell from the ground and your hands are at your side and you pick it up? I had one meet-when I was 19 years old-that would have been a world record but it wasn't a sanctioned meet. I lifted 518 pounds.