Keiser Witte

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I've had this post sitting unpublished since the end of June, when Keiser Witte answered a few questions for this mini interview.  The plan was to publish it with an entire photo essay after Mr. Witte competed at AO2.    

After his incredible performance at the 2018 National Championships, the audience was looking forward to watching Witte compete at the AO2.  So much so, that when his session began, the spectators shifted towards the stars platform where he was lifting. 

However, if you watched/attended AO2, you know that Witte didn't total in the snatch.  Although a few questioned his coach, Alex Lee, for choosing a high opener in the snatch, it wasn't Witte's performance that left the venue in whispers.  

He was a no show for the clean and jerk, letting the clock run out of time on his clean and jerk attempts.  Not withdrawing from the competition left a few confused and afterwards upset. 

So, I was left with this mini interview and debated for a few weeks whether or not to publish it. Why? Some felt he didn't deserve the time.  Despite what happened, it has been impressive to see how he transitioned to weightlifting.

Perhaps he's embarrassed over what happened?  Or because he's fairly new to competing, should the blame be placed on the coaches?  Or none of the above!  That's possible too.  

Either way, since photos were taken and I am not one to go back on my word.  I'd like to introduce you to Kesier Witte, 109+ Weightlifter and 2018 National Champion.  

 Upon seeing Keiser for the first time at the American Open Series 2, I immediately thought of Arkadiusz Michalski.  His walk to the platform and warming up reminded me of him.  But it could just be a commonality among all supers. Ha!  Slow walk, explosive lifts.  

Upon seeing Keiser for the first time at the American Open Series 2, I immediately thought of Arkadiusz Michalski.  His walk to the platform and warming up reminded me of him.  But it could just be a commonality among all supers. Ha!  Slow walk, explosive lifts.  

 What I loved most was watching the people watching Witte.  Witte is a big guy and people took a sneak peek to his warm up attempts.  Witte towered over weightlifters, chalk bowls, coaches.. just about everything in the room.  

What I loved most was watching the people watching Witte.  Witte is a big guy and people took a sneak peek to his warm up attempts.  Witte towered over weightlifters, chalk bowls, coaches.. just about everything in the room.  


Keiser Witte's Interview: June 2018

The 2018 National Championships was in Overland Park, Kansas and I missed it. Yes, I know.  I had just gotten back from Germany and no way I was able to fly back out.  

However, like many of you, I watched the live stream and frequent posts on social media.  That's when I saw Keiser Witte compete.

Check out his last post:

200kg. Looking forward to AO2 and competing with @alee_athletics. @shahin_nasirinia

A post shared by Keiser Witte (@kaiser_keiser) on

 

Reading through the comments, people were left a little surprised.  One comment in particular summed up what others were thinking  "WTF? He just came from Krypton or something?"  

So, I decided to send him a few questions.


First, let's start with the basic question.. Who are you? 

I started weightlifting in the Fall of 2016 after deciding to transition from swimming to weightlifting. Weightlifting started to interest me as a sport when I was in High School but due to my focus on swimming at the time I never trained for it except maybe messing around with the lifts here and there. When I started training specifically for weightlifting in 2016 I was still a student at Arizona State so I would train after class in the student rec center. I did this for almost a whole semester until another weightlifter approached me and invited me to come check out a gym where other weightlifters trained. This is where I met my first and current coach Shahin Nasirinia as well as my training partner and friend Alex Lee. I started with them at the beginning of 2017 in January and that’s when I started to train weightlifting seriously. As of right now I live in Phoenix and train at “ALee Athletics”. 

Was this your first year at Nationals and what were your thoughts leading up to the day of and on the platform?

This was my third meet as a weightlifter and my first nationals so it was quite a lot to get used to.

Lets stop there for a minute. His first nationals.  Yes people, his first. Alright, carry on.

That said I competed as a swimmer for 13 years so I was accustomed to the nerves and adrenaline that come with competing but it still affects you especially when you’re used to racing in the water as opposed to performing on a stage. There’s always thoughts in the back of your head but you have to stay focused which is the hard part. While I was as the competition and while I was lifting on stage I did everything I could to put myself into a lifting only mindset where no other variable was considered. I think its important to never underestimate the mental aspect of competing.  

When will you be competing again on big stage and what are some future goals?

I will be competing at the American Open Series 2 and 3 in the short term. My goal is to make the World’s team this year to start the process of making the Olympic team in 2020.


 After closely photographing hundreds of weightlifters in the warm up area for the last 2 years, I can see when the brain starts to wander a bit.  The few frames prior to this shot, you can see a change in Witte's face.  Apprehension? Nerves?  Or it wasn't that deep and he was wondering whether or not he left the stove on? We've all been there.  

After closely photographing hundreds of weightlifters in the warm up area for the last 2 years, I can see when the brain starts to wander a bit.  The few frames prior to this shot, you can see a change in Witte's face.  Apprehension? Nerves?  Or it wasn't that deep and he was wondering whether or not he left the stove on? We've all been there.  

Keiser Witte, I wish you all the best in training and hope to see you again on the platform.  Thank you for your time on answering the questions.

All in all, Witte had so much in him to snatch 180kg.  It's not a matter of strength,  he just looked slightly off.  Take 2 for Witte?  We will have to wait and see.  


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