NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- In terms of sheer size, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) is impressive, but so is Bill Kazmaier. Kazmaier, three-time winner of the World’s Strongest Man competition and the first man to bench press more than 600 pounds in competition, was onboard HST yesterday to film segments of an upcoming television show entitled “Keep America Strong.”
As he toured the ship, Kazmaier drew more than a few looks of amazement, but he was just as impressed with the carrier as its crew was with him. “The attitude on this ship is to be the best in the Navy, the best of all the carriers,” said Kazmaier. “It is incredible as a civilian to be near something as important to our freedom as this.”
Kazmaier, who has now visited two carriers at sea, has noticed several similarities between the Navy and the world of competitive weightlifting, an area this two-time International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) champion is very familiar with. “There has to be a commitment to excellence, a vision,” Kazmaier said. “Three words come to mind, conceive, believe and achieve. In both areas, you train to become better. Through training you reach perfection.”
Kazmaier, the color analyst for “Keep America Strong,” has a clear vision of what he hopes to accomplish while filling this role. “My goal is to let the people watching know that these guys (Sailors) are some of our greatest athletes,” said Kazmaier. “Our greatest athletes don’t compete for a ring or a cup…they’re 5,000 strong and they fight for our freedom.”
While onboard, Kazmaier took the time to conduct a weight-training seminar and sign autographs for the crew. Giving some of his time to HST’s crew was, for Kazmaier, a way of saying thank you. “I can honestly say, from the bottom of my heart, that I love these guys for allowing me to be home and be free,” said Kazmaier. “There can’t be enough good things said about the dedication of these young men and women. They’re doing an impeccable job.”
While it may be hard for many to believe, Kazmaier sees little difference between himself and the Sailors onboard HST. “I’ve set a lot of world records,” he said, “but there is no difference between me and others who follow a vision and go to work to do the best they can.”
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