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Special Olympian Brady Tanner returning to Lawrence from Greece with 4 medals

July 5, 2011

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Brady Tanner, a Special Olympics powerlifter from Lawrence, recently competed at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece. Tanner won three gold medals and one silver medal at the competition.

Brady Tanner, a Special Olympics powerlifter from Lawrence, recently competed at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece. Tanner won three gold medals and one silver medal at the competition.

Lawrence’s accomplished Special Olympian Brady Tanner can add another title to his list of achievements: world champion.

Tanner, a powerlifter, traveled to Athens to compete in this year’s world games and took home the gold in the dead lift, lifting 522.5 pounds; gold in the bench press, lifting 335.5 pounds; and silver in the squat, lifting 495 pounds.

He also earned another gold medal for his combined total in all three categories, which equaled 1,353 pounds.

Danny Lenz, a program coordinator for Special Olympics of Douglas County, said he had heard from Tanner’s relatives, who were traveling in Greece, and said they were “just ecstatic.”

“Brady is the happiest person I’ve ever met in my life,” Lenz said of the athlete, who frequently jokes around with coaches and teammates. “But then he gets into powerlifting mode, and I’ve never seen anyone more focused or serious, either.”

Members of the public can greet Tanner as he arrives home from Greece on Wednesday at Kansas City International Airport. He is scheduled to arrive with his Kansas and Missouri teammates at 11:30 a.m. on Southwest Flight No. 3751.

Lenz said he was planning a separate welcome-home celebration for Tanner in Lawrence, but the details hadn’t yet been set.

Donna Zimmerman, senior vice president of communications for Special Olympics Kansas, said Tanner represented Team USA well.

“We’re just delighted with how the Kansas delegates performed,” at the world games, she said.

Comments

ivalueamerica 3 years, 5 months ago

All Lawrence should be very proud and honored he represents us.

rousseau108 3 years, 5 months ago

Great Job!! Congratulations, Brady! We're all so proud of you!

redmoonrising 3 years, 5 months ago

So proud of you, Brady! You've worked so hard and it's paid off. Good job.

kugrad 3 years, 5 months ago

Way to represent Brady! You are a hero!

christy kennedy 3 years, 5 months ago

That's just OUTSTANDING!! Way to go Brady!! You got a huge cheer and applause at Dog Days yesterday when your results and medals were announced.

MarcoPogo 3 years, 5 months ago

Exactly! Now get back home so you can run backwards with us!

Congrats on your achievements!

TopJayhawk 3 years, 5 months ago

Good job Brady.

It's nice to have something affirming to read once in a while.

Erin Graham 3 years, 5 months ago

I don't know Brady on a personal level, but did have the pleasure of meeting him briefly at a community event this past December(ish?). What a wonderful person!! So happy to hear of his success!

Congratulations!! Proud to hear of such a well achieved Lawrencian!! Someone above said it best- you worked hard and it paid off!

lonebunny 3 years, 5 months ago

MAN!! That's a lot of weight! Way to go, Brady!

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