The Weightlifter’s Thigh

Andrei Aramnau, a weightlifting gold medalist from the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, will not be competing in London this time around. Due to a torn muscle that caught him by surprise, he had to withdraw his name from contention.

“Unfortunately I pulled a muscle in my thigh,” he said. “It’s quite serious. It would take me about two months to recover, so London is out of the question.”

Since winning the gold in ’08, the 24 year old Aramnau has made some dangerous decisions that cost him a degree of personal confidence. Within two months of the ’08 Olympics, he was nabbed for driving under the influence. The following year, having learned nothing from the first offense, Aramnau received another DUI, only this time it meant giving up his license for two years.

Needless to say, the Belarussian athlete is not in the best of moods right now. In fact, he deflected much of the concern over his injury withdrawal on the coach.

“I was in great shape, but for whatever reason my coach had asked me to compete in a meaningless competition, where I first suffered the injury. Then this weekend, in my last competition before leaving for London, I tried to jerk a record weight and just aggravated it. That was it. The Olympics are now over for me.”

While London may be over for Aramnau, there’s always 2016. But he’s got a lot of baggage to resolve before that chance comes again.

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