Ed Odeven Reporting

This feature column, highlighting an 82-year-old weightlifter’s positive outlook on life, appeared in the Arizona Daily Sun.

MAJOR SETBACK IS NO PROBLEM FOR LOCAL 82-YEAR-OLD

January 09, 2004

By Ed Odeven

Everyone encounters setbacks in their lives. It’s how we deal with them that really defines who we are as individuals.

In that case, Mel Katz, an avid weightlifter, is an optimist and a fighter. Always has been, always will be.

After experiencing one of the special weekends of his life in early June 2002, when he set three records for his age group/weight class at the IWF Pan American Masters Championships in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Katz was part of an ordeal at the opposite end of the emotional spectrum.

Katz, who lifted 35 kilograms in the snatch and 50 kg in the clean and jerk for a winning total of 85 kg at the Pan-Am Masters, was diagnosed with…

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