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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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A general view of Ariake Urban Sports Park, a venue for skateboarding and BMX competitions at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Despite Barrage of Criticism, IOC and Tokyo Olympic Organizers Resolute About Games

Not since the 2004 Olympic Summer Games were in Athens, Greece — with preparations still happening seemingly until the start of the Opening Ceremony — has the International Olympic Committee endured as rough a run-up to their event as for the upcoming Games in Tokyo. Japan is facing a surge in COVID-19 infections and a […]

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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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Many sports were forced to have cardboard fans in 2020. What will 2021 bring? (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

The 2021 Outlook for the Sports-Event Industry

The year 2020 will go down as a moment where the sports-event industry was forced to pivot. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was felt by all stakeholders, whether they are destinations, event organizers, hotels or any number of suppliers. While there has been evidence that the industry has begun its recovery, there are still […]

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Phil Andrews: How USA Weightlifting is Preparing for Tokyo and Beyond

In sports, sometimes it’s ideal for teams to peak at the right time. And USA Weightlifting would appear to be doing just that, especially when it comes to its elite athletes. The U.S. team is coming off its best showing in nearly 30 years at the IWF World Championships and its best showing in 20 years at the Pan Am Games. And the team appears poised to medal again in Tokyo after ending a 16-year drought at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio. Off the field of competition, things are headed in the right direction as well under the leadership of Phil Andrews, who has been CEO since 2016 and has been with the organization since 2013.

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USA Weightlifting hosts a national university championship but is hoping to become an emerging sport in NAIA. Photo: USA Weightlifting

USA Weightlifting Makes NAIA Push

In weightlifting, it’s a matter of seconds between the time an athlete attempts a lift and the time he or she finishes the move. But several recent efforts by USA Weightlifting to attract new athletes—including a concerted push to become a collegiate sport through the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics—are designed for the long haul. […]

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DuPage County to Host 2020 USA Weightlifting National Championships

The Nike USA Weightlifting National Championships powered by Rogue Fitness will return to the Chicago region in 2020, with the event being held at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in DuPage County. The tournament, to be staged May 14–17, 2020, will mark the national governing body’s final national championship before its athletes head to the […]

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Six NGBs Launch Campus Events to Identify Talent

Six national governing bodies are combining their efforts to find potential athletes by launching an event series on university campuses that will offer tryouts to increase their talent pools. USA Weightlifting, USA Rugby, USA Cheer, U.S. Rowing, USA Bobsled/Skeleton and USA Triathlon will all be featured at the combine-style events, which will be billed as Team USA Pro […]

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