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USA Weightlifting Announces the 2023 IWF Weightlifting World Championships Team Roster

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Weightlifting has announced the 20 athletes who will represent Team USA at the 2023 IWF Weightlifting World Championships, September 4-17 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The event will not only feature the world’s best lifters but is also the first mandatory Olympic qualifying competition for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. Approximately 900 athletes from across the globe are expected to participate in the critical international event in 20 bodyweight categories.

The U.S. squad features 10 men and 10 women competing with 13 of the American team members returning to world championships action after competing in the 2022 event.

Seven members of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Weightlifting Team will compete in Saudi Arabia as they fight for spots in the 2024 Olympic Games. Three-time Olympian and 2022 World championships silver medalist Sarah Robles (+87kg/Desert Hot Springs, Calif.), 2020 Olympic silver medalist and 2019 World Champion Kate Vibert (71kg/Johns Creek, Ga.), 2020 Olympian and 2019 Pan American Games champion CJ Cummings (89kg/Beaufort, S.C.), 2020 Olympian and 2019 Pan American Games champion Wes Kitts (102kg/Atlanta, Ga.), 2020 Olympian and 2022 World Championships silver medalist Mattie Rogers (81kg/Geneva, Fla.), 2020 Olympian and 2018 Junior World Championships silver medalist Jourdan Delacruz (49kg/Wylie, Texas), and 2020 Olympian and two time Pan American Champion Caine Wilkes (+109kg/Indian Trail, N.C.) will all lift in the 2023 World Championships.

Two returning World Championships medalists are back for more hardware in 2023. Two-time World Championships medalist Olivia Reeves (71kg/Chattanooga, Tenn.) and reigning World Championships bronze medalist Hayley Reichardt (49kg/Leesport, Pa.) are heading to Saudi Arabia. 2021 World Champion Meredith Alwine (71kg/Alamonte Springs, Fla.) will look to duplicate her title at the 2023 World Championships competition.

Three-time Pan American champion Hampton Morris (61kg/Marietta, Ga.), Pan American bronze medalist Taylor Wilkins (59 kg; Sebastian Fla.), Pan American silver medalist Ryan Grimsland (73 kg; Lewisville, N.C.), 2023 Pan American Champion Ryan Sester (102kg/Gresham, Ore.), and Grand Prix I silver medalist Nathan Damron (89kg/Los Gatos, Calif.) will all return to World Championships action in Saudi Arabia as well.

2023 Pan American Champion and Cuba IWF Grand Prix 1 gold medalist Mary Theisen-Lappen (+87 kg/Eau Claire, Wis.), 2017 World Championships team member Brian Reisenauer (61kg/Fargo, N.D.), and 2023 Grand Prix I participants Danielle Gunnin (59kg/Monroe, Ga.), Caden Cahoy (73kg/Jacksonville, Fla.), and 2023 Pan American Champion Alejandro Medina (+109kg/Miami, Fla.) will round out Team USA's roster. 

Prior to departing for Saudi Arabia, the U.S. team will convene in Paris for a preparatory training camp at the French national training center led by Mike Gattone, Senior Director of Sport Performance and Pyrros Dimas, Technical Director.

The competition will begin on September 4 at the Green Hall at Prince Faisal bin Fahd Olympic Complex and the full schedule by body weight category will be released when available.


Once it's available, live stream information can be found at www.usaw.live. 

Stay tuned to www.usaweightlifting.org for all the latest news from the 2023 World Championships. 

2023 IWF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM USA ATHLETE BIOS

Women’s Team


Jourdan Delacruz

Weight class: 49 kg

Resides in: Wylie, Texas

Best Snatch: 89kg

Best Clean and Jerk: 112kg

Best Total: 200kg

Coach: Spencer Arnold

Club: Power and Grace

Instagram: @jourdann_14

2020 Olympian


Hayley Reichardt

Weight class: 49kg

Resides in: Leesport, Pa.

Best Snatch: 86kg

Best Clean and Jerk: 111kg

Best Total: 197kg

Coach: Dane Miller

Club: Garage Strength

Instagram: @haileyreichardt


Danielle Gunnin

Weight class: 59kg

Resides in: Monroe, Ga.

Best Snatch: 100kg

Best Clean and Jerk: 120kg

Brest Total: 220kg

Coach: Cord Gunnin

Club: Atlas Weightlifting Club

Instagram: @danielle_gunnin


Taylor Wilkins

Weight class: 59kg

Resides in: St. Augustine, Fla.

Best Snatch: 97kg

Best Clean and Jerk: 124kg

Total: 221kg

Coach: Vance Newgard

Club: Vero Beach Weightlifting

Instagram: @taylortwilkins


Olivia Reeves

Weight class: 71kg

Resides in: Chattanooga, Tenn.

Best Snatch: 110kg

Best Clean and Jerk: 139kg

Best Total: 248kg

Coach: Steve Fauer

Club: Unattached

Instagram: @oliviareeves


Kate Vibert

Weight class: 71kg

Resides in: Johns Creek, Ga.

Best Snatch: 112kg

Best Clean and Jerk: 138kg

Best Total: 249kg

Coach: Spencer Arnold

Club: Power and Grace

Instagram: @katevibert

2020 Olympic silver medalist


Meredith Alwine

Weight class: 76kg

Resides in: Altamone Springs, Fla.

Best Snatch: 107kg

Best Clean and Jerk: 139kg

Best Total: 243kg

Coach: Danny Camargo

Club: Team O.C.

Instagram: @meredithalwine


Mattie Rogers

Weight class: 81kg

Resides in: Geneva, Fla.

Best snatch: 112kg

Best Clean and Jerk: 143kg

Best Total: 255kg

Coach: Aimee Everett

Club: Catalyst Athletics

Instagram: @mattierogers

2020 Olympian


Sarah Robles

Weight class: +87kg

Resides in: Desert Hot Springs, Calif.

Best snatch: 128kg

Best Clean and Jerk: 162kg

Best Total: 290kg

Coach: Tim Swords

Club: Team Houston

Instagram: @roblympian

Three-time Olympian


Mary Theisen-Lappen

Weight class: +87kg

Resides in: Eau Claire, Wis.

Best Snatch: 119kg

Best Clean and Jerk: 163kg

Best Total: 278kg

Club: Will Fleming

Club: 1Kilo

Instagram: @marytheisenlappen


Men’s Team


Hampton Morris

Weight class: 61kg

Resides in: Atlanta, Ga.

Best Snatch: 124kg

Best Clean and Jerk: 166kg

Best Total: 290 kg

Coach: Tripp Morris

Instagram: @hamptonmorris


Brian Reisenauer

Weight class: 61kg

Resides in: Fargo, N.D.

Best Snatch: 121kg

Best Clean and Jerk: 143kg

Total: 263kg

Coach: Vinh Huynh

Club: Union Weightlifting

Instagram: @brianreisenauer


Caden Cahoy

Weight class: 73kg

Resides in: Jacksonville, Fla.

Best Snatch: 143kg

Best Clean and Jerk: 180kg

Best Total: 320kg

Coach: Chad Cahoy

Club: Jacksonville Strength

Instagram: @cadencahoy


Ryan Grimsland

Weight class: 73kg

Resides in: Lewisville, N.C.

Best Snatch: 150kg

Best Clean and Jerk: 190kg

Best Total: 340kg

Coach: Travis Mash

Club: Mash Elite Performance

Instagram: @ryangrimsland


CJ Cummings

Weight class: 89kg

Resides in: Beaufort, S.C.

Best Snatch: 155kg

Best Clean and Jerk: 193kg

Best Total: 348kg

Coach: Ray Jones

Club: Team Divergent

Instagram: @CJ_cummings

2020 Olympian


Nathan Damron

Weight class: 89kg

Resides in: Los Gatos, Calif.

Best Snatch: 167kg

Best Clean and Jerk: 208kg

Best Total: 374kg

Coach: Dave Spitz

Club: California Strength

Instagram: @nathandamron89


Wes Kitts

Weight class: 102kg

Resides in: Atlanta, Ga.

Best Snatch: 177kg

Best Clean and Jerk: 223kg

Best Total: 399kg

Coach: Dave Spitz

Club: California Strength

Instagram: @Weskitts22

2020 Olympian


Ryan Sester

Weight class: 102kg

Resides in: Gresham, Ore.

Best Snatch: 166kg

Best Clean and Jerk: 207lg

Best Total: 372kg

Club: Kevin Simons

Club: Alpha Barbell

Instagram: @ryan_sester


Alejandro Medina

Weight class: +109kg

Resides in: Miami, Fla.

Best Snatch: 175kg

Best Clean and Jerk: 212kg

Best Total: 385kg

Club: Brian Secrest

Club: Vero Beach Weightlifting

Instagram: @Medina_island


Caine Wilkes

Weight class: +109kg

Resides in: Indian Trail, N.C.

Best Snatch: 186kg

Best Clean and Jerk: 230kg

Best Total: 416kg

Club: Chris Wilkes

Instagram: @thedragonwilkes

2020 Olympian

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