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At just 19 years of age, weightlifting phenom Clarence Cummings, Jr. (aka CJ) is the youngest member of the Rogue Athlete family, but his resume of accomplishments is already as long as a seasoned pro’s. At 11, he became the youngest lifter ever to complete a clean & jerk of twice his body weight (200 LBS). Two years later, USA Weightlifting called him the “strongest 13 year-old in the world.” And by the age of 16, he was completely dominating the 69KG weight class with five 1st Overall finishes at major youth and junior competitions. With three Junior World Championships and a pile of records already to his credit heading into 2019, Cummings somehow managed to shift into yet another gear, breaking 15 records in the 73kg weight class during just one day alone at the Pan-American Games in Guatemala City, then racking up Junior Championship number 4 in Fiji (something no athlete had ever done before). At last count, he now holds 32 American records, including 7 Senior Men’s marks, and 4 World Records.
All the gaudy numbers aside, CJ is an otherwise normal teenager—with an admittedly well above-average work ethic. The South Carolina native originally picked up weightlifting by watching his sister Crystal in the gym, and it quickly emerged as a passion; almost on par with his love of video games. Now, with the 2020 Olympics on the horizon, Cummings could prove to be one of the most likable athletes and electric performers to watch for Team USA in Tokyo.