Price wins three golds in powerlifting competition

By Tommy Keeler Jr.

Kim Price had plenty of reasons to beam with pride on Sept. 27 as she stood on the podium and heard the National Anthem play with three gold medals wrapped around her neck.

Price, of Woodstock, won the gold medals in the International Powerlifting Federation Masters World Championships in Pilsen, Czech Republic. She won the overall event in her weight class and also in the bench press and deadlift individually.

“It was a pretty memorable day,” Price said earlier this week. “When you’re on that platform and they’re playing that National Anthem, it’s a surreal feeling.”

Price is starting to get used to that feeling as she now has seven gold medals from the IPF Championships.

This year’s championships may have been the sweetest of all for Price, who just recently turned 52.

A competitor from Great Britain scratched from the event, which left Price to battle it out with Japan’s Yoshie Takizawa in three events — squat, bench press and dead lift — in the 103-pound competition. There were three judges who decided the events.

Her squat of 231 pounds was enough to give Price the early lead on Takizawa. However, Price faced some struggles in the bench press. She didn’t hear her name called for the event, and each entrant is allowed only so much time to make three attempts in each event.

Feeling rushed, Price’s best attempt was ruled uneven allowing Takizawa to win the event.

Price said the deadlift is her favorite event, and she proved it by shining brightly.

She successfully lifted 270 and 292 pounds in her first two attempts. That gave her a big lead over Takizawa, although she wasn’t 100 percent sure of it at the time. Coaches decide how much weight their entrants try. Price said that her personal coach Roy Marshall, who made the trip along with her husband, Randy, asked her American coaches to put 308.6 on it.

Price’s previous personal best had been 303, at the 2013 IPF Championships. She said she knew it was probably around 300, but she didn’t know exactly how much it was before lifting it.

“Before I did it, Roy [Marshall] came over to me and he was like ‘OK, you gotta get this one. You really want this one,'” Price recalled.

Price did get it, lifting more than three times her own weight, which she said has always been a goal of hers.

“They put it on and when that baby came off the floor it was awesome,” Price said. “I was so excited.

“To have another PR at worlds is something special.”

Price said it’s really special being on a team representing the U.S. and competing against other top weightlifters from around the world. There were 36 men and women there for the U.S. team, which won the overall event. It was the fifth time she has competed in the IPF Championships.

Each U.S. entrant has to win the U.S. Championships, and then a committee selects the team from the U.S. champions by invitation.

Price said the experience of being on the U.S. team and around other great weightlifters helps motivate her to keep doing it.

“They inspire you,” Price said. “You want to come back and do it again, and see them again.”

Price said she began lifting weights about 30 years ago, just trying to get fit. She decided to go to a bench press competition, and eventually entered one and became hooked on the sport.

She said Marshall has helped her tremendously over the years and having him and her husband there to support her meant a lot. She also said the support of the entire community means a lot to her.

Price, who also competes in several body building shows throughout the year, said she lifts about three times a week and is thankful for staying injury-free.

“God has blessed me with my lifting and injuries — that’s a key thing,” Price said. “I’ve worked hard. Hard work pays off. If I could give anybody advice it would be don’t ever quit, because if you do you’re cutting yourself short of where you might end up.

“I’m living proof of that.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com