"He's a very talented man," says Dragomir Cioroslan, the U.S. national coach. "If his citizenship comes through in time, I see him as a member of our Olympic team. The totals he's doing now put him in the top six in the world. Assuming the evolution of performance, he'll need to lift another 10 to 15 kilograms to win a medal in Atlanta. I think that's very achievable."
Becoming a U.S. citizen, winning a spot on the Olympic team and improving his lifts shouldn't pose any problem for Starikovitch. He will continue taking his future step-by-step.