Check Out Who’s Representing the USA at the World Weightlifting Championships

The IWF World Championships are quickly approaching, and if you didn’t already know, this year the championships are being held on American soil at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. The competition dates are set for November 25th-December 5th.

The IWF World Championships hosts the best of the best weightlifting athletes from around the globe. Throughout the year, American athletes are ranked in their respective weight categories over the course of multiple competitions in the hopes of qualifying for a coveted spot on the World Championships team. And now, we finally have the full list of competitors.

Once qualifying competitions conclude, a selection committee analyzes every athlete and their rank to predict who they think will do best in competition (among other factors). Ultimately, it’s up to the selection committee to decide who gets to represent the USA at the World Championships.

The full list of World Team members — direct from USA Weightlifting — is posted below. And if you’re a weightlifting fan, then most of the athletes and coaches on the list below won’t come as a surprise.

Coaches: Mike Gattone and Pyrros Dimas

Team Leader: Lorene Halford


  • Jenny Arthur
  • Caitlin Hogan
  • Shacasia Johnson
  • Morghan King
  • Marissa Klingseis
  • Jessica Lucero
  • Ali Ludwig
  • Maddy Myers
  • Taylar Stallings
  • Alyssa Ritchey
  • Sarah Robles
  • Mattie Rogers


  • Angelo Bianco
  • Colin Burns
  • Jordan Cantrell
  • CJ Cummings
  • Derrick Johnson
  • Wes Kitts
  • Harrison Maurus
  • D’Angelo Osorio
  • Brian Reisenauer
  • Nathan Damron
  • Caine Wilkes
  • Ian Wilson

Last year, there were no IWF World Championships due to the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 2015 World Championships was held in Houston, Texas, making this year’s competition the second consecutive IWF World Championships held on U.S. soil.

This year, there are plenty of new talented faces on the list above who’ve emerged and shown promise to be possible medal contenders. We can’t wait to watch how they perform later this year.

Editor’s note: BarBend is the Official Media Partner of USA Weightlifting. Beyond article syndication, the two organizations maintain editorial independence. This list was published under embargo with USAW.

Feature image from Joseph McCray from Lifting.Life. 


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