It feels like you have somewhat of a chance to become good at powerlifting even if you start late, whereas for olympic lifting I'd have to train just the movements without any real weight and a ton of mobility for a long time. Maybe powerlifting is not easier in the competitive sense but at least you can start doing the movements correctly pretty early and put up some decent numbers after a shorter time. In that sense it could be more rewarding, as you said Coldsnap.
We have a fair amount of Oly lifters at the gym and none of them are pushing a lot of weight while they've still been training for a long time. It just looks so technically difficult in comparison to say a bench or deadlift. Funnily, the guy with the strongest olympic lifts is also our strongest powerlifter. He's a complete beast. Saw up an old article from the local newspaper with him and he totalled 1650 lbs in single ply when he was 17. Thinking about those dudes, you wonder of you ever really have a chance. I mean, he's only two years older than me and his raw total is 650 pounds higher, haha.