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Cody Colchado Jr. dead-lifts 644 pounds in the International Blind Sports Powerliifting and Bench Press World Championships held in Reno, Nev., in 2007.
Born hard of hearing , Cody Colchado was raised in Bakersfield. While playing football for Foothill High, Cody incurred an injury which left him visually impaired and later totally blind.
In the 1990’s he attended Bakersfield College where he also worked as a teacher’s assistant to Cathy Moretti in the adaptive PE class and was also a strength and conditioning coach to the woman’s basketball team under coach Paula Dahl.
He transferred to the University of Texas at Pan American where he eventually earned a Masters Degree in Kinesiology with a minor in adaptive physical education
As a lifetime member of the United States Association of Blind Athletes, Cody is a three time national champion in track and field, and a 26 time world champion in Power-lifting for the able body and disabled division. He also holds 21 world records in the squat, bench press, dead lift and total for IBSA, IBPF, WABDL, WPA, and USAPL and has earned 12 best lifter awards.
He has is a red belt in Tae kwon-Do and has won a national championship in board breaking.
In November 2012, he was inducted into the World Association Benchers and Deadlifters Hall of Fame.
He has represented our country 8 times as part of Team USA for the United States Association of Blind Athletes. He has been a Team USA assistance coach for 8 years and a Team Captain 4 times. He was also a flag bearer for the opening ceremonies twice.
Cody has been a featured speaker at many organizations has been a mentor and coach to blind youth.
Cody was a student here at BC and helped out with my basketball team. He took my health class and was enrolled in my weight training class. I would always laugh when he would ask me to spot him. I remember the day he was called to go to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado and he asked me for advice.
It was absolutely amazing. He was an inspiration to all of us. I am attaching an article by Herb Behnam that will allow you to see the difficulties he has faced and the man he has become.
-- Paula Dahl