Athlete Answers: How David Horvath Fills His 10 Acres

by Bob Reinert

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(Photo by World Para Powerlifting)

The 23-year-old answered 10 questions about his life before traveling to the Parapan American Games.

At 23, David Horvath was the youngest member of the U.S. powerlifting team at the 2023 Parapan American Games, which was his first international competition. The lack of international experience didn’t seem to faze the Linn, Missouri, native, as he lifted a personal best of 135 kg. in the men’s 59 kg. class. That topped his previous best mark of 133 kg. set at the 2022 Parapan American Open Championships in St. Louis.

Before Horvath traveled to Santiago, Chile, for the Parapan Ams in November, he took the time to answer 10 random questions.   

If a movie was made about your life, what actor would you want to portray you?

Chris Hemsworth.

Do you have any pets? 

I have four inside dogs, one outside dog, and some chickens. I have Luna, who is a purebred Beagle. I have Dexter, who is a purebred Shih Tzu. And then I have Dandy and Lilly, who are a mix of Boston Terrier, Chihuahua and Shih Tzu. And then the outside dog, his name is Duke, and he’s a Great Pyrenees. I live on 10 acres.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I’m a huge fan of chicken fried rice. That never really gets old.

What has been the best place you’ve traveled to in your life?

My family and I took a trip to Maine — Acadia National Park. That was extremely beautiful. I loved it up there.

What was the first concert you ever went to?

It was a classic rock band, Jefferson Starship. They came to Jefferson City, Missouri, which is the capital of Missouri, and did a Fourth of July concert or something. And I was super young, so I didn’t really understand the gravity of what was going on, but I remember it was good music.

If you had to become an animal, which one would you want to become?

I’d like to be a wolf. Just because they’re ferocious, they’re fearsome, and they’re just cool.

What is your favorite holiday?

I enjoy Christmas.

What is your dream vacation?

I’ve always wanted to visit Greece. I’ve always respected the Spartans. I had that warrior mindset. And it’s a beautiful country, I’ve heard.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

I feel like telekinesis would be pretty cool, being able to lift things without touching them, like lifting things with my mind would be pretty handy in many situations.

Bob Reinert spent 17 years writing sports for The Boston Globe. He also served as a sports information director at Saint Anselm College and Phillips Exeter Academy. He is a contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.