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With a green mohawk, colored to match his wrist wraps and the lettering on his teams shirts, Andrew Big Diesel Dziezak steps up to the deadlift bar bearing a weight of 385 lbs. His parents sit in the audience surrounded by 15 team-mates and half a dozen coaches, expectant. This is Big Diesels first of three deadlifts of the day.
The sides of his head have been shaved into two symbols: on the left a puzzle piece, a common icon for autism awareness, the condition for which Big Diesel was diagnosed. On the other, a barbell bearing the weight 400, his gold-winning personal best from the previous years state championship for Indianas Special Olympics.
Diesel lifts the 385 lbs with relative ease and a shout, and the three white lights indicating a clean lift from each of the judges signal a small victory. As he exits the platform he hi-fives his coach, chalk dust pluming from their exultation.
Two more lifts until a winner will stand atop the podium bearing a gold medal.
I learned everything [from the Special Olympics], said Diesel. I feel more confident. I look forward to this all year.
Leslie Dziezak, Diesels mother, is delighted. Definitely his communication skills have gotten better hes just blooming, she says. She coaches a Special Olympics volleyball team warming up just down the hall. Theres so much love and acceptance here. Its like the biggest family youll ever have.