In regards to the little discussion about no athlete being that far ahead of the rest of the game, I think Yurik Vardanyan would be a good candidate;
The 400 kg total lifted by Vardanian in the 1980 Moscow Olympics was worthy a gold medal not only in his, but also in two heavier weight classes: Peter Baczako (90 kg) won gold with a total of 377.5 kg and Ota Zaremba (100 kg) totaled 395 kg. Even in the 110 kg class Vardanian would have a won a bronze, beating Gygorgy Syzali (390 kg). At the 1984 Friendship Cup in Varna, Vardanyan set his last world records, 182.5 kg in the snatch, 224.0 kg in the clean & jerk and 405 kg in the total.Vardanian was the first light-heavyweight athlete to lift a total of 400 kg total in an official competition. This record is no longer recognised because of a restructuring of the weight classes in 1993 and then again in 1998. However, no athlete has lifted 400 kg thus far in the closest (heavier) weight division of 85 kg.
At around 56:30: Rip: "tell us about your hip" -- (Ed had hip surgery and got a replacement) Ed: "I got a new one" ... "I go below parallel in the squat; I can squat 700 right now with just a belt, below parallel".
Hmm, hope this does not mean I have to get a new hip ... I'm still several 100's lbs from squatting 700 ... not sure if a new hip would magically change things, to be honest. Ed Coan just seems to be someone very special :-)
Very interesting interview.
Great interview, he seems like a very humble guy.
As for strength athletes, I'm not that well versed, but there have been athletes way above anyone else in their sport (ie. Lance Armstrong and Tiger Woods).
Great interview. I met Ed years ago, he was judging the New England Record Breakers meet in Amherst, MA.
Very friendly, very humble...
An 8 inch wrist is fairly big. I'm about the same height, actually a little taller and my wrist is a tad under 7 inches.