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Tentative schedule

9:30 a.m. – Delegation Check In
9:45 a.m. – Weigh in/warm up
10 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies
10:15 a.m. – Competition Begins
Awards presented at the conclusion of the event.


Bench Press
Dead Lift
Combination 1 (Bench Press and Deadlift)
Combination 2 (Bench Press, Deadlift and Squat)

Powerlifting is about much more than squats, bench presses and deadlifts: It’s about barriers, perseverance and success. Training, determination and attitude determine the fine line between success and failure. The bar may test an athlete’s physical abilities, but an internal desire to improve—to not settle for less—is the drive behind the strain and dedication of the sport.

Special Olympics Minnesota powerlifters are eligible to compete in three lifts: the bench press, the deadlift and the squat, or combinations of these events. As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped in competitive divisions according to ability level, age and gender. Athletes must be 16 years of age before competing in powerlifting.

This competition shall be conducted in accordance with Special Olympics rules and guidelines outlined in the Special Olympics Minnesota Handbook for this sport.

  • If an athlete will be competing in ALL the lifts (squat, bench press, and dead lift), select the event COMBINATION 2. If the athlete will be competing in the bench press and the deadlift, select the event COMBINATION 1. If the athlete will only be doing an individual lift, please select the appropriate lift (example: Bench Press).
  • A qualifying score will need to be entered for each event. For powerlifting, the qualifying score will be the athlete’s weight class.
  • Please be sure your athletes are in the appropriate weight class. Example: If a male athlete weighs 135 pounds, he should be in the 145.5 weight class. If a male athlete weighs 129 pounds, he should be in the 130 weight class.
  • Please see the Special Olympics Incorporated Powerlifting Rules (PDF) for more information.