BENTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — 732 pounds. That's the total weight Benton County powerlifter Amanda Cayton lifted in three events at the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle last week.
As a result, Cayton earned three Gold medals and one Silver medal. Cayton returned to the area yesterday and lifted again today. While in the Pacific Northwest, Cayton posted top finishes in the squat and bench press and finished second in the deadlift.
Cayton is widely regarded as one of the best power lifters on the Special Olympics circuit. Prior to Seattle, Cayton competed in the World Games in 2015, held in Los Angeles. Behind the medals, the 27-year-old Cayton credits a lot of her success to her strength coach David Black.
"We've spent long and hard hours together. It's like non-stop, when I went to LA we spent seven days a week training together. We're like a family," said Cayton. "He thinks of me like his own daughter."
Black explained the hard work he and Amanda have put into this journey.
"For six or seven years, that is Amanda to a T. Hard work, dedication, there's times when she's come in here, been very tired, sore, fatigued," said Black. "I push her through it and she always responds."
Cayton said she plans on preparing for the next Special Olympic USA games in 2022.