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Jourdan Delacruz: Weightlifting’s Next Wave (Podcast)

On this episode, we sit down with a rising star in the international weightlifting community,  22-year old Jourdan Delacruz. While the roster for the Tokyo Olympic Games hasn’t been finalized, Jourdan is in a great position to qualify. She’s the 2019 Pan-American Champion in the 55kg category and the 2020 IWF World Cup Champion in the 49kg category. In our discussion, we talk about training, changing bodyweight categories and how weightlifters can encourage newer athletes in the sport to get more involved.

On this episode of The BarBend Podcast, host David Tao talks to Jourdan Delacruz about:

  • Training and competing during a global pandemic (1:50)
  • Contracting an illness in Italy, then recovering to train again (5:55)
  • Her reaction to the Olympic Games postponement (8:30)
  • Gearing up for Tokyo and the uncertainty of her spot on Team USA (10:25)
  • Being inspired, then inspiring other weightlifters (17:00)
  • Her mindset cutting from 55kg to the 49kg weight-class (20:50) 

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