74-Year-Old Powerlifter a Sets Four World Records at AAU North American Championships


Ray Fougnier, an inspiring 74-year-old powerlifter and member of the Oneida Indian Nation, recently set four world records at the 2017 AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) North American Powerlifting, Weightlifting, Feats of Strength, Strongman & Mas Wrestling Championships. Based on his age, weight and overall performance, Fougnier was also named Best Lifter among all competing men at the April 7 to 9 event held in Laughlin, Nevada.

Competing in the 181-pound weight class, Fougnier set new world records in the squat (286 pounds) bench press (201 pounds), deadlift (419 pounds), and in the total score for the three categories (906 pounds). The new benchmarks replace the records previously set by Fougnier at the 2016 event.

Fougnier’s sponsor, the Oneida Indian Nation, congratulated him on this latest in his incredible string of athletic achievements and will continue to proudly support his mission of inspiring and motivating all Native Americans to lead a healthy lifestyle and embrace exercise regardless of age. Even though Ray didn’t join powerlifting until his 70s, the self-trained phenom has achieved great success in the sport, setting numerous state and world records across multiple weight divisions.

Last year, Ray set three world records at the 2016 AAU World Powerlifting Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he competed in a higher 198-pound weight class.

A retired teacher and former head of the American Indian program at Cornell University, Fougnier grew up on the Oneida Indian Nation’s homelands located in Central New York. He now splits his time living in suburban Detroit, Michigan and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.



The Oneida Indian Nation is a federally recognized Indian nation in Central New York. A founding member of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (also known as the Six Nations or Iroquois Confederacy), the Oneida Indian Nation sided with the Americans in the Revolutionary War and was thanked by Congress and President George Washington for its loyalty and assistance. For more information, visit the Nation’s website www.OneidaIndianNation.com.




If you need to cite sources, Ray's headshot can be attributed to Ray himself, whereas the three competition photos can be attributed to Travis Otani (event photographer).

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