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Dave Ricks was born on July 27, 1959 in Barberton, Ohio USA. He was an average athlete who played football but it was only when he started powerlifting that he truly discovered his gift. Dave stands 5'6" tall and over the years has broken a number of records with a squat of 722lbs and a deadlift of 744lbs and benching 479 pounds.
Dave Ricks is a legend in the powerlifting world, he has been competing well over 30-years now and at 55 years old still competing. His first win started 1991 when he took the Open IPF Championship, winning 5 Open World Championships (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1999) and won Silver in 7 Open World Championships.
Reaching 50 did not stop Dave as he continues to compete at the Arnold Sports Festival where he was awarded the Best Lifter which he won every year from 2009 to 2013. On his 50th birthday Dave placed 5th at the 2009 World Games but he is a master now and it was no surprise that he won the Master World Championships in 2011 and 2013.
Dave has now broken all the Master powerlifting records more than once and has been selected as an open lifter representing USA. Dave is actually an ambassador for powerlifting and he continues to travel and promote the sport wherever he goes.
Dave has a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Systems Engineering, but he studied farther and went on to get his Masterís degree in the field of financial management. He is registered as Mechanical Engineer but his job is the Director of Public Works in Montgomery County, Ohio in USA.
Dave continues to make a contribution to powerlifting despite his responsibilities. He coaches many young lifters and hosts local high school powerlifting competitions. Dave also continues to act as a referee at both the local level and the national level all over the USA.
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