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Pfeiffer pulls his own weight

At 116 pounds, Bret Pfeiffer doesn't look like your typical weightlifter. But the Charleston High School sophomore has no problem pulling his own weight and more.
At 116 pounds, Bret Pfeiffer doesn't look like your typical weightlifter, but the Charleston High School sophomore has no problem pulling his own weight and more.

He made this 321 pound back squat look easy even though it's nearly three times heavier than he his.

"You have to have the will to work hard," Pfeiffer said. "I mean overall you don't have to be very big but you just have to have speed and a little bit of flexibility."

Pfeiffer has always been smaller than most kids his age. He was born 11 weeks premature and only weighed 2 pounds, 12 ounces -- he spent the first month of his life in the hospital. He started lifting weights in fifth grade to add some muscle for football. His playing days were short lived though.

"I quit because I loved the sports so much because I didn't want to take a chance of injuring myself," he said.

Pfeiffer's love for lifting now consumes his life. He works out seven days a week and is the top lifter in the nation in his age group and weight class.

"I've had to work really hard, I've spent countless hours in the gym," he said. "(I) worked more reps than any weight than anyone else in here, I work really hard, I go fast pace."   
   
That hard work is paying off. Next week he and his dad Troy are heading to Mexico City to compete in his first international competition, the Pan-am Olympic Festival. Wearing the red, white and blue across his chest will be the biggest moment of his young career.

"It's a very exciting trip. I didn't expect myself to make an international team at my age," Troy said. "For me it's an honor to go and watch him represent the country and I think it will mean a lot to him. We've done everything together. We started this and we're going to finish it together."
   
Pfeiffer hopes Mexico City is just the beginning. He's gunning for Tokyo, the site of the 2020 Summer Olympics.

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