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SportsKids of the Year 2016: Meet the Finalists

Before starting seventh grade, Cyrus entered a powerlifting competition for beginners. “I just got into it — the crowd, just having more people who lift like me in the community,” recalls Cyrus, whose dad, Matthew, had introduced him to the sport. That year, Cyrus set two world deadlift records for his age group. But practicing when his dad was at work was lonely. Last fall, he invited friends from the wrestling and football teams and their younger siblings to lift with him, and he has worked with them on using safe techniques. “We have better friendships,” says Cyrus. “It makes us all stronger, together.” Last February, competing in the 132-pound weight class, Cyrus set a world deadlift record for his age group (425 pounds). In April, in the 148-pound division, he set a national deadlift record (419 pounds). The 2020 Olympics are in Japan, and Cyrus, now a 15-year-old sophomore, wants to be there. “He is a freak of nature, athletically,” says his wrestling coach, Patrick Kim. “He’s a coach’s dream as far as character goes. You don’t doubt that [he] is going to be successful in life. That’s a really good feeling to have.” - Photo credit: Bruce Omori
Before starting seventh grade, Cyrus entered a powerlifting competition for beginners. “I just got into it — the crowd, just having more people who lift like me in the community,” recalls Cyrus, whose dad, Matthew, had introduced him to the sport. That year, Cyrus set two world deadlift records for his age group. But practicing when his dad was at work was lonely. Last fall, he invited friends from the wrestling and football teams and their younger siblings to lift with him, and he has worked with them on using safe techniques. “We have better friendships,” says Cyrus. “It makes us all stronger, together.” Last February, competing in the 132-pound weight class, Cyrus set a world deadlift record for his age group (425 pounds). In April, in the 148-pound division, he set a national deadlift record (419 pounds). The 2020 Olympics are in Japan, and Cyrus, now a 15-year-old sophomore, wants to be there. “He is a freak of nature, athletically,” says his wrestling coach, Patrick Kim. “He’s a coach’s dream as far as character goes. You don’t doubt that [he] is going to be successful in life. That’s a really good feeling to have.” Photo credit: Bruce Omori
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