Meet Victor Tu: UP’s Oregon state weightlifting champion
Tu doing a clean overhead at the Eastside Barbell Meet. Tu holds the record for snatch and clean and jerk in the 61kg weight class.
Photo courtesy of Victor Tu
Sitting in the corner of his parents' nail salon in Medford, Oregon, eight year-old Victor Tu heard the subtle squeak of the front door open. He looked up through the opening of the door, and across the shopping center parking lot, to a bright red sign that read, “ABK Karate.”
He got up, walked across the parking lot, and began a love for strength training that would captivate him for years to come.
After practicing karate for six years up until middle school, Tu was finally old enough to go to the gym with his dad and try something he had never done before — weight lifting.
Nine years later, in July of 2021, Tu broke the Oregon state record weightlifting in the 61kg weight class — with a snatch of 64 kg, and a clean-and-jerk of 90 kg.