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Weightlifting Prodigy C.J. Cummings Shines Bright

Three years has been more than enough time for the 15-year-old to shift the American weightlifting landscape.

C.J. Cummings isn't a household name yet, but his day is coming. He's been shocking the fitness world since he was 12 years old. He was dubbed the LeBron James of weightlifting, and rightly so. Last year (we he was just 14) he dominated the USA Weightlifting National Championships in Dallas, breaking the clean and jerk record with his 386-pound lift, and he made it look easy.

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Now, the teen is hard at work, preparing for the IWF World Weightlifting Championships in Houston this month. He's aiming for gold, and if his Twitter posts are any measure, he's well on his way toward his goal.

But wait, what about the 2016 Olympics? American men haven't snatched weightlifting metal since Ronald Reagan was in office, but Cummings' coach told the Wall Street Journal they're just taking things one day (and one championship) at a time. “This is a 15-year-old boy, and we’re going slow and steady,” Rayford Jones told the Journal. “But you give this boy four years beyond Rio, you talk about the Tokyo Olympics, well, now that’s a real opportunity.” 

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