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Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, Alabama, hosted the 2021 IPL North American Championship, and then parlayed that into hosting two more major events in the next two years. Photo by DVXT Images

U.S. Cities Host Big Events After Russian Ban

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine this year caused a ripple effect around the world from a political and humanitarian standpoint. The world watched as the Ukrainian people have fought to protect their homeland and nations around the globe condemned Russia for its aggression. When it came to the sports landscape, organizations moved quickly to ban Russian […]

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USA Weightlifting Names Matt Sicchio as Chief Executive Officer

USA Weightlifting and its board of directors have named Matt Sicchio as incoming chief executive officer. Sicchio succeeds Director of Finance and Compliance Andrea Andrews, who is serving as interim CEO following the recent departure of Phil Andrews. Sicchio will begin his role with USA Weightlifting in October, remaining in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which has […]

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Colorado Springs to Welcome 2023 USA Weightlifting National Championships Week

Colorado Springs, Colorado, will host the 2023 USA Weightlifting National Championships Week for the first time in the national governing body’s 96 years of competition. It is the second time a USA Weightlifting national event has visited the state of Colorado, following the Denver-based 2021 North American Open Finals. The competition from June 24 through […]

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USA Weightlifting Bids to Host 2022 World Championships in Atlanta

USA Weightlifting will bid to host 2022 IWF World Championships in Atlanta after China pulled out of its plan to host the event in Chongqing citing difficulties related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chinese Weightlifting Association resigned as host on March 23 over rules that would have required all athletes and officials to quarantine for […]

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Largest Participation Strength Event Ever Going to Columbus

USA Weightlifting says that a record number of athletes will compete this week in the 2022 North American Open Series 1 and 2022 National University Championships in Columbus, Ohio, as part of the annual Arnold Sports Festival. The events will feature 1,866 competing athletes, significantly more than have ever participated in a strength event. The […]

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Jourdan Delacruz was the first U.S. weightlifter to make the trip from the USA Weightlifting training camp in Hawaii into to Tokyo for competition. Photo: Jason Gewirtz

Catching Up with USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews

The changing logistics of the rescheduled Olympic Summer Games forced national governing bodies around the world to adjust their plans for training in advance of the Games and during the event itself. In the case of USA Weightlifting, which back before the 2020 event had planned its own training center in Tokyo, the new landscape […]

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Swimmers train at the 2016 U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Nebraska. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

USA Swimming Partners with Fanatics on Merchandise

As the rescheduled Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games in Tokyo approach in just a few months and with less than a year to go before the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, national governing bodies are finalizing new partnerships — or extending existing ones — ahead of what for many NGBs is the biggest […]

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Anaheim, California, hosted the 2017 International Weightlifting Federation World Championships. Photo courtesy of Joseph McCray

USA Weightlifting Plans Hawaii Training Site for Tokyo 2020

USA Weightlifting athletes headed to the Tokyo Olympic Summer Games will train before and during the event in Hawaii, the national governing body has announced. The training site, which originally was intended to be in Tokyo, was moved as the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee has invoked strict new protocols limiting the number of administrators, supplementary […]

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USA Weightlifting Goes Hybrid With Events in Salt Lake City

When USA Weightlifting decided that it wanted to hold a pair of events in a hybrid fashion, it knew exactly which destination it would go to for the in-person portion of its competitions. “The one thing with Salt Lake is that I know I can go to (their) team with essentially any idea and they’ll […]

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Illinois Village to Sponsor USA Track & Field

USA Track & Field has won a unique competition among national governing bodies by earning a $100,000 sponsorship from the leaders of Elk Grove Village, Illinois. The village northwest of Chicago sought to partner with an NGB to promote its business and manufacturing brand and is believed to be the first municipality to sponsor a […]

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