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June 16, 2016; Beaufort, SC, USA; CJ Cummings is a (69kg, USA) Olympic Weightlifter from Beaufort, SC. He's 16 years old and sponsored by Reebok and Eleiko. On June 27, 2016 he won the 2016 IWF Junior World Championships with 317kg, setting a World Youth Record. His 180kg (396 lbs) clean and jerk and 317kg total are Senior American Records. He also completed a 137kg (302lb) snatch.  On October 22, 2016 at the IWF Youth World Championships in Penang, Malaysia, broke his own clean and jerk world record with a 182kg/401 lbs and completed a 135kg/297lb snatch.
June 16, 2016; Beaufort, SC, USA; CJ Cummings is a (69kg, USA) Olympic Weightlifter from Beaufort, SC. He’s 16 years old and sponsored by Reebok and Eleiko. On June 27, 2016 he won the 2016 IWF Junior World Championships with 317kg, setting a World Youth Record. His 180kg (396 lbs) clean and jerk and 317kg total are Senior American Records. He also completed a 137kg (302lb) snatch. On October 22, 2016 at the IWF Youth World Championships in Penang, Malaysia, broke his own clean and jerk world record with a 182kg/401 lbs and completed a 135kg/297lb snatch.

Back in June we had a chance to photograph USA Olympic Weightlifting Phenom CJ Cummings on assignment at his home gym in Beaufort, SC. Cummings, 16 years old, has been on a tear lately setting and breaking records no American has touched at any age in almost 20 years. He routinely lifts against men almost twice his age and just missed making Team USA for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

A fun, fast-paced and heavy lifting (CJ, not me) shoot on a beautiful, humid day on the coast of South Carolina. A few of my favorites from the shoot.

Olympic lifting platform at Crossfit Beaufort in Beaufort, SC where CJ Cummings trains.

 

CJ Cummings applies chalk to his hands before a lift in a training session.

 

CJ Cummings before performing a snatch.
CJ Cummings before performing a snatch.

 

CJ Cummings performing a front squat during a training session in Beaufort, SC.
CJ Cummings performing a front squat during a training session in Beaufort, SC.

 

CJ Cummings takes a reflective moment during a training session in Beaufort, SC
CJ Cummings takes a reflective moment during a training session in Beaufort, SC.

 

A detail shot of CJ Cummings' American Flag wrist wraps during a training session before a snatch.
A detail shot of CJ Cummings’ American Flag wrist wraps during a training session before a snatch.

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