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KOTA News Extra: Special Strength


Trevor Tridle isn't your everyday athlete. Where most of us must train years before we can master a sport, it only took him one power-lifting meet before he mastered the sport.

"We went to our first state Special Olympic meet. We had no idea what was in store for us and when he got there and started lifting the really heavy weights, we were going wow," said Trevor's mom, Deb Tridle.

His dad also noticed his special gift. "He kind of just dominated from the get go," said John Tridle. In other words he was a natural.

They say when you find something you love doing you never work a day in your life and for Trevor that is power lifting, a sport he is 100% dedicated to. "Usually I work from one to two hours in the gym four to five days-a-week," said Trevor.

The man you will find him next to at the gym is his coach Brent Steinbach, who is also just as dedicated to the sport. 

Not only do these two share a love for power-lifting, they also share a friendship. But it didn't start out like that.

"I never had met Trevor and I thought this must be the man (when he walked in the gym for the first time) so I said you must be Trevor and he looked down at me and with a deep voice said yes," said Steinbach.

At first, Steinbach said he was a little intimidated, but things would soon change.

"There's a soft spot in that big man and I found it," said Steinbach. A friendship would blossom from then on.

Even though Trevor dominated from the beginning, his coach said that he continues to get better each and every day.

"The first time we worked on the dead lift it wasn't anywhere near 400, but he had that dedication and he told me you know what, I'm going to get 400 and he made it," said Steinbach. Trevor recently lifted a personal best of 460.

Steinbach thinks Trevor will do well in the national competition this summer and Trevor agreed, but he also said it would be an honor. "It means a lot for a Special Olympian to actually be there because they have to practice very hard," said Trevor.

Win or lose this Special Olympian will always have his coach and family to fall back on.

Trevor is a recent graduate of Black Hills State University where he received his degree in Exercise Science. He also is the three time reigning South Dakota Special Olympic power lifting champion.


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