It’s always a great day when strength sports receive mass media coverage. Bleacher Report recently did a story on Elle Hatamiya, an 11 year old weightlifter with an Olympic dream. Not only is Hatamiya giving the strength world inspiration with her drive, but she’s catching attention of outsiders with her talent in the sport of weightlifting.

This past June, Hatamiya took first in the 13U/11U 31kg division at the USA Weightlifting National Youth Championships in Austin, Texas. She sealed first with a 26kg (57 lb) snatch and a 33kg (72.6 lb) clean and jerk.

A recent Bleacher Report video highlights Hatamiya displaying her laser focus toward her Olympic dream. Currently weighing in at 71 lbs, Bleacher Report showcased a variety of her lifts including: 12 pullup max, 69 lb snatch, 103 lb back squat, 138 lb deadlift, and 83 lb clean & jerk.

Needless to say, this video will get you inspired and motivated to lift. When you hear Hatamiya’s voice in the background saying “I will compete in the Olympics,” while crushing her lifts, it’s impossible not to feel inspired.

While Hatamiya is driven, she has her work cut out for her. The sport of Olympic weightlifting in America continues to grow and become more competitive, which means athletes have to work even harder to make it to the Olympic level. In June, over 700 young athletes competed in the Youth Championships, which is an awesome sign for the future growth of the sport. 

To top it off, Hatamiya doubles as a gymnast and weightlifter. Both of these sports require top levels of athleticism, leaving no question about Hatamiya’s future potential. From what we’ve seen, the future looks bright for this young weightlifter who continues to build a name for herself and acquire more accomplishments. 

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Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as one of the full time writers and editors at BarBend. He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand. As of right now, Jake has published over 1,100 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter. On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and was a writer at the Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office. Jake regularly competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a weightlifting shoe sneaker head. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in Hoboken and New York City.