Hawaii: Today in History 2/13

2-13-1970 Vernon Patao, 141 lbs (64 kg) US weightlifter (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Wailuku, Hawaii

Vernon Patao was 1990 US Junior Champion and was a three-time US Senior Champion, winning in 1992, 1994, and 1995. He attended the University of Hawaii in his native state. Pataoâs brother, Val, was a four-time Hawaiâian state champion in powerlifting. Vernon learned to lift at Dr. Nelson Yogiâs garage in Kahului on Maui. Patao became a firefighter, and was also a scratch golfer. After 18 years away from competition, and heavy lifting, he returned to coaching weightlifting at a CrossFit gym in Kahului.

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