USA Weightlifting Announces 2019 Pan American Games Team Roster

USA Weightlifting will send a team of 10 athletes to the Pan American Games this summer.

USA Weightlifting has named their Pan American Games Team to compete in Lima, Peru. The Pan American Games are set to run from July 26th through August 11th. In USA Weightlifting’s press release, they announced that four men and six women that will travel to Peru to represent the United States.

All of the athletes selected for the Pan American Games have represented Team USA on an international platform before. These international competitions include the 2018 IWF World Championships and the most recent Pan American Championships where the Americans took home an historic 43 medals and finished in first place in both the men’s and women’s categories.

The Pan American Games present a major opportunity for these athletes as they compete for a spot on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic team, as the Pan American Games are a silver-level qualification event. The event takes place only once every four years during the summer before the Olympic Games.

Check out the four men and six women below that will represent Team USA.

USA Weightlifting Pan American Games Team

Team USA Men

NameBW CatHometownClubCoach
Harrison Maurus-81Auburn, Wash.UnattachedN/A
Christian Rodriguez Ocasio-81Pleasanton, Calif.California StrengthDavid Spitz
Nathan Damron-96Winston-Salem, N.C.Mash Mafia WeightliftingTravis Mash
Wes Kitts-109Livermore, Calif.California StrengthDavid Spitz

Team USA Women

NameBW CatHometownClubCoach
Jourdan Delacruz-55Dacula, Ga.Power & Grace PerformanceSpencer Arnold
Jessica Lucero-59Orange, Calif.Academy of WeightliftingRussell McCarthy
Hunter Elam-59Winston-Salem, N.C.Mash Mafia WeightliftingTravis Mash
Mattie Sasser-64Grayslake, Ill.Forza WeightliftingDavid Ester
Katherine Nye-76Oakland Township, Mich.Team HerculesJoshua Galloway
Sarah Robles+87League City, TexasTeam HoustonTim Swords

For additional information about when the athletes will be competing, USA Weightlifting has stated they will provide a preliminary competition schedule as soon as it becomes available.

Over the past couple of months we’ve covered the success of multiple members of Team USA that are set to compete at the Pan American Games. To list a few,

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2019 USAW NATIONAL CHAMPION🥇 WOW what a ride. As many of you have recently figured out I am now a 59kg lifter and I’m sure a lot of you are wondering why. Simply put, you gotta do whatcha gotta do. Sometimes you have to take risks. I came to Nationals to do one thing and that was to put myself on international teams. No, the cut was not easy. It was one of the more physically/mentally challenging things I have ever done but I will never stop doing what is necessary to reach my goals. I will always do whatever it takes. It’s not always fun and it’s definitely not always pretty but I can for sure tell you it’s always worth it. Nothing feels better than when your hard work pays off. I am excited to build from this performance over the coming months. Thank you everyone for your support and encouraging words over the past weekend. I see you, I hear you, I appreciate you ❤️ Time to get back to work.

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Team USA closed out their first Olympic qualification period on Monday, which means the Pan Am Games will be another major event ahead of the 2020 Games.

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Celia Balf

Celia Balf

Celia is a Staff News Writer at BarBend. At the BarBend office, you can find Celia writing news stories covering the largest strength sport competitions in the world, in-depth features with world record-holders, big lifts, and everything in-between. Celia also orchestrates and helps create content for the BarBend social media pages. She is a former Division 1 soccer player turned content producer and sports journalist.

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