|Carlos getting his game on |
at the Arnold
In 2011, Ivan and Carlos's work was first revealed to the US.
It was February 2011, and Carlos was planning on competing at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival. It is a long and arduous series of flights from Armenia, Colombia to Columbus, Ohio. And, Carlos would not be going alone-- his little brother, Johnny Andica would be competing as well. Having great trust in Ivan's capabilities, the hermanos Andica asked Ivan to coach them.
|Ivan strategizing with Carlos and his brother Johnny, both weightlifters at the Arnold|
Like a true champion Carlos easily puts his ego aside and takes rational steps to get to his goals. From this point at the Arnold, Carlos and Ivan formed a pact to win an Olympic medal. In technical terms, Carlos and Ivan created a training plan to get Carlos on the Olympic podium. The first step along the way would be qualifying for the Pan Am Games, then winning a medal at the Pan Am Games.
|Ivan doing clean and jerk weightlifting video analysis with Carlos at Risto Sports Gym|
Ivan's trained eye immediately picked-up that Carlos was lifting too far on his toes during the pull. He then confirmed his instincts with video analysis. By shifting Carlos's pull further onto his heals, Carlos would optimally apply force and, hence, lift more weight. Secondly, Ivan noted the position of Carlos's wrist in the jerk. Because Carlos does a squat jerk, it was imperative that his wrists be pointed directly toward the ceiling when he jerked.
Later in 2011, Carlos qualified for his national team according to plan. Note, in Colombia the National Team does not train together year round. Rather, the Team converges on a single location for a training camp a few weeks out of the year. It is at these camps where the final team is selected for an upcoming, major international competition. To plan, Carlos was selected to the Pan AM Team.
|Carlos warming-up during a training session at Risto Sports|
For months before his national team selection, Ivan and Carlos tracked his squat performance. Just weeks before the Pan Am Games, Carlos hit 205kg for a triple. He then cemented his spot on Colombia's Pan Am Team.
The 2011 Guadalajara Pan Am Games validated Carlos's work with Ivan by delivering huge improvements. At the Pan Am Games, Carlos competed neck and neck with the top contenders for gold- Yoelmis Hernandez and Kendrick Farris. By the end of the snatch, Carlos was neck and neck with Yoelmis and Kendrick, with the trio lifting 157, 158, and 157kg respectively.
The Pan Am Games medals would all come down to the clean and jerk. Kendrick opened with 191kg with a miss then a completed lift. Carlos opened just a kilo heavier and nailed his first attempt. Yoelmis held out for more weight, before opening. Farris, having only one attempt left, jumped to 200kg. Carlos stood on deck with the same weight, and Yeolmis would take 200kg for his first attempt. Team Farris was a NO Lift on his last attempt at 200kg: he came out to the platform with only seconds left on the clock, followed by only deadlifting 200kg for a miss.
At this point, Carlos could have settled for the silver without taking a further lift. With Farris out of the competition, Carlos's first attempt already put him ahead of Farris. Again, like a champion, Carlos was competing to test his ability and for the sake of performing well. He took 200kg on his second attempt and easily lifted. For his third attempt, he asked for 205kg.
205kg was a weight he had never lifted before. From the video, you would have never known that. He lifted with such technical precision and smoothness. He also broke the Pan Am record with this lift. Months of training had resulted in a perfect lift, a medal, and a record. Yoelmis was only able to equal Carlos with 205kg (Carlos holds the record on account of lifting the weight first). Yoelmis's coach would later confide in Ivan that he had chills/went cold when he saw Carlos lift 205kg-- he could not believe it. While his competitors counted him out, Carlos focused on training to win the clean and jerk record and impress all.
|Weightlifters: Carlos, Coach Ivan Rojas, Olympic Silver medalist Diego Salazar, |
Johnny Andica, Coach of Armenia Youth team
|Carlos warming-up, Don German loading, World Champion powerlifter at the Risto Sports table in the background|
|Carlos getting congratulated by Arnold Schwarzenegger|
More photos of Carlos at Risto Sports High Performance Training Center
|Ivan discussing pull extension with Carlos|
|Yes, Carlos has huge guns|
|Carlos Andica in front of the Risto Sports Banner|