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Every athlete aims in lifting more weights than the opponent using specific moves. In Special Olympics South Dakota, Powerlifting is much more than deadlift, squat, or bench press. It is effort, persistence, and loyalty. Training, determination, and attitude are the key facts that define the balance between a successful or a failed attempt. The barbell, despite testing the physical strength, also highlights the athlete’s inner wish to improve, “not to make compromises.”

Participants will be divisioned by Special Olympics South Dakota by gender, weight class, age, and ability.

Athlete Resources

Events Offered

  • Bench Press
  • Deadlift
  • Squat
  • Combination (bench press and deadlift)
  • Triple Combination (bench press, deadlift, and squat)

Competition Season

Powerlifting competition takes place in May.

Coaches Resources

Upcoming Powerlifting Events

2025 State Summer Games

icon of a track runner.May 29, 2025 - May 31, 2025
University of South Dakota – Vermillion
414 E Clark St
Vermillion, 57069
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