BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Shane Hamman knew he wanted to be an Olympian at the age of 7, and after hearing an announcer talking about the 1996 Olympics he took the steps to make that wish come true.
"Some of the things the announcer said kind of hit me," he said.
This year the two time Olympian hopes to do his part in inspiring future Olympians, using his role an an NBC announcer during the upcoming 2012 London Games.
"It’s exciting to me that maybe me now, I maybe the guys that explains something or gets someone really psyched about trying the sport and hopefully it will grow the sport," he said.
The Broken Arrow weightlifter competed in the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Games. Aside from his big moment he's also broken several national and world records.
"I hold the world record in the squat, at 1,008 pounds and then I hold all the American records for the Olympic lift, so I guess officially I'm the strongest weightlifter in American history," he said.
Hamman will be broadcasting from the NBC New York studios. The Olympic Games begin July 27.
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