[quote author="Mike Young" date="1242734077"]Most (but not all) of the best Olympic liters tend to be average or short limbed with average to long torsos. While there could be some other issues complicating this relationship I think it’s actually fairly straight forward- shorter levers = better weight room numbers. This kind of brings up an important point that I’ve been thinking about lately…that weight room numbers won’t be as indicative to success for taller runners and jumpers as they are to their shorter counterparts.
I read somewhere that to compare with a person of average height you can add 10% to your lifts if you are 190cm or taller, and 20% if you’re 198cm or taller. So Olsson’s 150kg PC is the equivalent of a shorter athlete of the same BW having a PC of around 165kg, making his ratio that much more impressive.
Does that adjustment sound accurate to you? At 194cm, I tend to mentally add 15% to my lifts when I compare with other guys who are 170-185cm or whatever.[/quote]
You only add your numbers by 15% boost your ego. Way too many variables to say this. Here’s just one in my case, i am better than some guys i train with at the same height, same weight but i have slightly bigger quads and glutes whereas they have a slightly bigger upper body. Olsson can’t clean 150, looks at some vid on youtube on him hang cleaning 80, even on that weight his legs are starting to drift to the sides.
Let’s put it this way, WR clean and jerk is 197kg for 69BW by a chinese guy. This is likely worth a 175-80 power clean, then this guy was only 163cm tall making him much more efficient to lift than olsson at 190 something. The chinese guy lifts stupid amounts each week and olsson wouldnt/couldnt. And according to your theory if they were equal height Olsson would actually have a higher powerclean than the WR holder @ same weight. Then Theres the subject of all lifters being on all sorts of drugs. Maybe olsson did a clean pull then claimed on a good day he could catch it, i know idiots that do this.