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American weightlifter Hampton Morris at 61kg won gold in the clean and jerk at the 2023 World Weightlifting Championships, the first U.S. athlete to win in decades. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Olympic Weightlifting Focuses Sights Beyond Past Controversy

Weightlifting is one of the few links from the first Olympic Summer Games of modern history to today. Appearing at the 1896 Games in Athens, it has been a mainstay of the program since 1920. But the sport has endured turmoil for most of its recent Olympic history. Between the 2008 and 2012 Games, nearly […]

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USA Weightlifting Announces Major Events for Fort Worth

The USA Weightlifting 2024 North American Open Series 2 and Friendship Cup will take place in Fort Worth, Texas, at the Fort Worth Convention Center, the first time the event will be held in the state. The event is expected to bring over 1,200 athletes and will take place from August 29 through September 1, […]

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Organizers for the 2028 Olympic Summer Games in Los Angeles present its recommendations to the sports program at Monday's IOC Session meetings in Mumbai, which were approved. Photo via International Olympic Committee.

Olympics: Baseball, Softball, Cricket, Flag Football Among Sports on LA28 Program

The LA28 sports program was officially confirmed by the International Olympic Committee during its annual session on Monday in India with baseball/softball, flag football, cricket, lacrosse and squash providing a mix of new and returning sports to the Olympic Summer Games. All five were voted in as a single package with two “no” votes from […]

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USA Weightlifting Announces New Roles for Board of Directors

USA Weightlifting has announced its Board of Directors will be led by Nick Maietta and Shameeka Quallo in the roles of chair and vice chair, respectively. Both independent directors, Maietta, of Washington, D.C., was voted to the role of chair and Quallo, of Brooklyn, New York, was voted vice chair in elections held January 11 […]

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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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