Jim Rush had a meteoric and accomplished powerlifting career. He won the USPF Teenage Nationals, USPF Collegiate Nationals, and won Nationals (Juniors Nationals) before the age of twenty.* This was when powerlifting in the United States consisted of only one organization. In 1979, at the Senior National in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, in the 148 class, Jim went 551 319 595 1466 and tied Clyde Wright for first place and a berth on the world team. However, he lost on body weight. At the time, Jim was one of the top three 148ers in the world. Later that year, Clyde Wright became world champion.
Subsequently, Jim moved up to the
*Back in the 1970s and 1980s, Junior Nationals was open to any powerlifter who had not won Junior Nationals or Senior Nationals.