How to Watch the 2018 Senior Pan American Weightlifting Championships

A few days ago, Team USA touched down in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic.

USA Weightlifting’s top athletes are set to compete in the 2018 Senior Pan Am Weightlifting Championships, which kicked off May 12th and extends through May 18th. Last year, USA Weightlifting had a stellar performance in Miami, Florida, and walked away with 24 medals, which included 8 golds.

In addition, both Sarah Robles (90kg+ women’s athlete) and Caine Wilkes (105kg+ men’s athlete) will be trying to defend their 2017 championships.

If you’re interested in watching the stream, check out this link to the live YouTube stream. For those of you interested in watching certain athletes, we’ve included each athlete’s day of competition and weight class start times below.

Male Athletes Competition Days & Start Times

  • Derrick Johnson, 62kg, Tuesday 5/15 – 10:30 AM
  • CJ Cummings, 69kg, Tuesday 5/15 – 3:30 PM
  • Jordan Cantrell, 85kg, Thursday 5/17 – 10:00 AM
  • Harrison Maurus, 85kg, Thursday 5/17 – 10:00 AM
  • Nathan Damrom, 94kg, Thursday 5/17 – 12:30 PM
  • Wes Kitts, 105kg, Thursday 5/17 – 5:30 PM
  • Cameron Swart, 105kg+, Friday 5/18 – 2:00 PM
  • Caine Wilkes, 105kg+, Friday 5/18 – 2:00 PM

Female Athletes Competition Days & Start Times

  • Alyssa Ritchey, 48kg, Monday 5/14 – 3:00 PM
  • Hayley Reichardt, 48kg, Monday 5/14 – 3:00 PM
  • Caitlin Hogan, 53kg, Tuesday 5/15 – 1:00 PM
  • Mattie Sasser, 63kg, Wednesday 5/16 – 3:30 PM
  • Mattie Rogers, 69kg Wednesday 5/16 – 6:00 PM
  • Jenny Arthur, 75kg, Thursday 5/17 – 3:00 PM
  • Marissa Klingseis, 90kg, Thursday 5/18 – 9:00 AM
  • Sarah Robles, 90kg+, Friday 5/18 – 11:30 AM

The Senior Pan Am Championships are a big deal for Team USA and next year’s 2019 Championships. After the 2017 Senior Pan Am Championships, Team USA’s men sit in 2nd place and the women are in fourth. Following this year’s Championships, the top three placing teams will be awarded full teams for the 2019 Senior Pan Am Games being held in Lima, Peru.

What does this mean? Teams who are awarded with full teams will be able to bring a team of six athletes each for men and women to the 2019 Games. This would allow Team USA to bring more athletes and help them gain more platform exposure.

Feature image @usa_weightlifting Instagram page. 

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