Columbus, Ohio, USA
Garrett Ford knocks out a round of dumbbell curls while training in his basement gym on Monday, February 11, 2019 at his home in Pataskala, Ohio.
After getting into a brief argument with his stepsister, Grace, left, Garrett embraces her and his mother, Leah, right, to apologize. "Family is hugely important to Garrett," Leah Yost said. "He's definitely a peacemaker."
Trainer Thomas Covert checks the positioning of Garrett Ford while spotting Garrett as he back squats at Old School Gym in Pataskala, Ohio.
After finishing their lifting session, Garrett Ford, right, does bodybuilding poses with his trainer, Thomas Covert, left, as Dustin Myers takes a picture of the pair Old School Gym. It was Garrett's last session with Thomas before heading to Abu Dhabi for the Special Olympics World Games.
After loading twenty 50-pound bags of horse feed, Garrett Ford navigates the 1,000-pound cart through aisles while working at Rural King in Heath, Ohio. Garrett works part-time at the store as a loader.
Garrett Ford chats with from left, Andrew Fuss, Thomas Fuss and Jesse Batarseh, who he met while training at Old School Gym, while walking around at the Arnold Fitness Expo. Before getting into powerlifting, Garrett was shy and didn't have many friends, but lifting has grown his social circle and his confidence when interacting with others.
Garrett Ford gives participation medals to compeitiors following the deadlift competition during the Arnold Sports Festival at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Before leaving for the Special Olympics World Games, Garrett was invited to present awards at the event and to be recognized as a member of Team USA.
Garrett listens to music while riding in the car with his grandfather one morning. He constantly listens to music when his working out and around the house.
After packing Garrett's protein powder in a reusable bag for him as she prepares for his upcoming trip to the Special Olympics World Games, Leah shows Garrett how to seal the bag closed. Garrett struggles to remember things like tasks because of his autism, so Leah makes it a point to teach and remind him how to do things.
Garrett Ford sits with his seven-year-old half-brother Connor as the pair watch videos while Leah finishes packing Garrett's luggage before his trip to Abu Dhabi for the Special Olympics World Games.
Garrett's grandmother Jackie Mossman says goodbye as he leaves to board his flight to Newark en route to Abu Dhabi for the Special Olympics World Games at John Glenn International Airport in Columbus, Ohio.