The 2016 USA Weightlifting American Open Championships are about to be underway in Orlando, Florida. Official dates for the competition are from December 8th-11th, which means there’s only four days to watch the stacked and large list of competitors.

To watch the online stream, click here.

The official start time for competition is Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m EST. The women’s 48kg B category will take the red platform, the women’s 58kg will take blue, and the men’s 56kg-62kg will take the white.

This year there will be over 850 men and women competing, and the final start list as of December 5th can be found here. There will also be a trial for 107 youth athletes that will be held Thursday night.

There are a few important details that make 2016 American Open potentially more impactful than previous years. First, this competition will serve as a qualifier for several important competitions in 2017.

These competitions include:

  • 2017 Senior Pan American Championships in Miami, Florida USA
  • 2017 FISU World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2017 Junior World Championships in Tokyo, Japan
  • 2017 Junior Pan American Championships in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 2017 Youth World Championships in Bangkok, Thailand

Second, it will be the first significant international competition that will include a 90kg weight class for women. As of right now, there are 18 listed female competitors in the newly included 90kg weight category.

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Will CJ Cummings be able to break his own American Records? Will Mattie Rogers be able to use the momentum she’s gained from winning the World University Opens to help spur another great performance? Time and competition will tell.

To view our full analysis and preview of the 2016 USA Weightlifting American Open Championship, check out this article.

Feature image from teamusa.org. 

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