Wesley Barnett: Two-Time Olympian Weightlifter Providing Peace of Mind in the World of Supplements
When he was 13, Wesley Barnett went to his first Junior Olympics in Olympic Lifting after a few months of training with no elite coaching, and came away with three trophies and three gold medals. He was hooked, and continued in the sport for 17 years, eventually finding himself at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. Putting off retirement because he was without a plan, he unfortunately didn’t make the 2000 Olympic Team after dealing with cancer. However, he was hired by the United States Olympic Committee to work on plans to help athletes achieve success on the field of play, which eventually led to his passion of finding clean supplements in an under regulated, and often contaminated, industry.
A Georgia Southern University football walk on, Austin had the rug ripped out from under him when he arrived at a meeting after his third season, only to hear that he was being cut from the team. Devastated, he threw himself into working on campus with other sport programs, as well as eventually interning for the PGA Tour. Once he realized it was time to move on from athletics as a career, he went back to finish his degree, worked his way up in Chick-fil-A, met his wife, and landed in insurance.