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 July 2, 2023, at Ed Robson Arena will follow the format of the 2021 and 2022 editions with youth-level competition followed by junior, U25 and the senior/open event in the final weekend.
“We are thrilled to finally welcome the country’s strongest athletes to our backyard,” said Pedro Meloni, USA Weightlifting director of events and sponsorship. “Between the city’s love for Olympic sports and its natural beauty, this national championships will be one for the books.”
Ed Robson Arena opened in September 2021. Home to Colorado College’s men’s ice hockey team, the arena is currently hosting that sport’s Under-17 Five Nations Tournament. It features 3,400 spectator seats at the north end of downtown Colorado Springs, five minutes from the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center and U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum.
“The USA Weightlifting National Championships Week is an incredible event to have in Olympic City USA,” said Megan Leatham, chief executive officer of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation. “The passion of this community for sports and the National Governing Bodies, along with the foundation created by the City for Champions project, will make Colorado Springs the perfect home for this world-class event.”