Published October 27, 2016
LAS VEGAS – Inspiring 73-year-old powerlifter and Oneida Indian Nation member Ray Fougnier recently set three new world records and became the 2016 AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) World Powerlifting Champion for his division at the Sept. 23-25 event in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Fougnier won his class championship by bench-pressing 198.42 pounds (90 kg), squatting 297.62 pounds (135 kg) and deadlifting 407.85 pounds (185 kg). Recently moving up a weight class (from 181 lb. to 198 lb.), Fougnier was able to not only win in his age category of 70 to 74 year-olds, but also set three new world records in squat, deadlift and for the highest total of all three lifts within his division.
His sponsor, the Oneida Indian Nation congratulates Ray on his latest success and is proud to continue supporting his travels for the sport and his mission to inspire all Native Americans to embrace fitness and exercise regardless of age.
Former head of the American Indian program at Cornell University and a retired teacher, Fougnier only recently joined powerlifting in his 70s. Despite the late start, the self-trained phenom now holds numerous world powerlifting records in different weight divisions, as well as state records in both Michigan and Tennessee, where he splits his time.