Tridle wins gold at Special Olympics World Games

March 25, 2019 GMT

LEAD — Trevor Tridle, a rural Lead resident, collected four medals at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in the weightlifting events.

Last week, he earned a gold medal in the bench press (personal record 385.8 lbs.) and bronze medals in the deadlift (496.5 lbs.) and squat (personal record 467.5 lbs.). His efforts enabled him to earn the overall gold medal.

Tridle was the only athlete selected from South Dakota. “He said he was proud to be representing the state of South Dakota and the USA in this competition,” Trevor’s father, John Tridle, said of Trevor.

“As far as the competition goes, Trevor knew these athletes were going to be very competitive, and he had his work cut out for himself,” John said.

John said Trevor had butterflies before the first event but was also very excited. “He felt that the division he was in would be the toughest and hardest-judged, which it was,” John said.

According to John, Trevor said he was excited to meet new people from different nations and learn about their cultures.

John said Trevor felt tired after the events but felt very good about how he lifted. “He said he put all of his body and soul into the competition,” John said.

Tridle was also able to meet Maria Shriver and vice president Mike Pence’s wife, and trade pens with different athletes from around the world. “I would like to thank all my family, friends, coaches Brent and Tracey, South Dakota Special Olympics, and the Rapid City Rush organization for all the support through this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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