arlos Millen Jr., our latest featured athlete. Carlos is a 17 year old weightlifter from Hardeeville, South Carolina and is currently competing in the 62kg weight class. Carlos trains at Performance Initiative in Savannah, Georgia with Coach Kerri Goodrich.
When did you get started in this sport?
I started lifting weights about 2 ½ years ago (2015).
What (or who) got you started?
Two friends introduced me to weightlifting and that’s how I started weightlifting.
What do you enjoy most about weightlifting?
I enjoy getting stronger, meeting other athletes and competing.
You had an opportunity to represent the U.S. recently at the Youth Pan Ams in Columbia. What was your favorite part about this experience?
My favorite part of the experience was in Columbia competing against other countries and touring the site.
What advice would you give to other young lifters who want to make an international team?
My advice to those who want make the international team is to give it your all in what ever you do.
What does your current training routine look like (hours per day, days per week)?
My current training routine is two hours per day, five days a week.
What is your favorite training exercise?
My favorite training exercise is the clean & jerk.
What is your least favorite training exercise?
My least favorite training exercise is the snatch.
What is your diet like?
I don’t have a specific diet, except I drink 100 oz. of water a day.
Who do you look up to in the sport? Why?
I admire Derrick Johnson because I can relate to his struggle in his personal life and how far he has come.
What friendships has the sport brought your way?
Weightlifting brought me friendship, like the one I have with Oscar Chaplin.
What qualities do great coaches possess?
One of the great qualities that a great coach possesses is leadership.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
One of the best pieces of advice that I’ve ever received was to “get it before it’s gone”.
When you have free time, how do you spend it?
I have free time on Sunday’s. I go to church and watch Hulu.
What have you learned from weightlifting that helps you in other parts of your life?
From weightlifting, I’ve learned to clear my mind.
When was the last time you got discouraged with weightlifting, and how did you recover?
The last time I got discouraged with weightlifting was when I got kicked out the house by my mother a week before competition in Florida, but I recovered by focusing on my goals.
What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?
One thing that most people don’t know about me is that I like to write my own quotes in a book.
What are your goals with weightlifting?
My goals with weightlifting is to win gold at 2018 junior nationals and qualify for junior worlds.