Retirements 2.0 & 2.1
Numerous surgeries to Derrick’s elbows, knees, and shoulders resulting from “The Crash” eventually led to his retirement in 1992, after narrowly missing his bid to make his third Olympic Team. Derrick graduated from Washington University’s Program in Physical Therapy in 1994 and opened his clinic and training facility in 1997. His daughter, Rachel, began training for weightlifting competition and Derrick returned to compete as a Master’s athlete (age 35+). He set Master’s National and Pan-American records, and won medals at Master’s World Championships. The preparation paid off. In 2002, Rachel and Derrick competed together in New York City at the Sr. National Championships; she was one of the youngest competitors, he was the oldest.
2002 USA Weightlifting National Event Program (click image to enlarge)