European Championships Up Next for Team USA

COLORADO SPRINGS - Fifteen Team USA athletes will head to Sofia, Bulgaria, over the next week to compete in the European Weightlifting Championships, a Paris 2024 qualifying meet. The delegation includes multiple athletes who rank top-10 in Olympic Qualifying, including Hampton Morris and Olivia Reeves, the United States’ highest-ranked male and female lifters. Multiple Tokyo 2020 Olympians will compete too in: CJ Cummings, Wes Kits, Mattie Rogers, Kate Vibert and Caine Wilkes. Notably, Vibert will compete in the 81 kg class, the same class as Rogers, after previously competing as a 71 kg since the 2022 IWF World Championships. Vibert announced the decision in late January.

Notable absences from the trip include Jourdan Delacruz and Sarah Robles. Delacruz had long planned to train through the continental championships and give her body rest, while Robles is also training through and aiming for a big performance at the IWF World Cup in April.

The U.S. was approved to participate in the European Championships in December due to acknowledged safety and logistical challenges related to the Pan-American Championships in Caracas, Venezuela. Team USA athletes are not eligible to win medals at the European Championships, but their results will count toward Olympic qualifying rankings.

Weight Categories:

Women: 45 kg, 49 kg, 55 kg, 59 kg, 64 kg, 71 kg, 76 kg, 81 kg, 87 kg, +87 kg

Men: 55 kg, 61 kg, 67 kg, 73 kg, 81 kg, 89 kg, 96 kg, 102 kg, 109 kg, +109 kg

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Team USA’s last major tournament was the IWF Grand Prix II in Doha, Qatar. Through 10 days of competition, Hampton Morris (61 kg) set American senior and junior records in the clean & jerk and total, Olivia Reeves and Kate Vibert battled in a 71 kg session that ended with Vibert setting a five kg total personal record and Reeves shattering seven world records, and Mary Theisen-Lappen leapt into fifth on the +81kg Olympic Qualifying Rankings after lifting a personal snatch record and tying her clean & jerk American record.

2024 European Championships Team


Olympic Qualifying Rankings
Prior to 2024 Continental Championships

61 kg: Hampton Morris, 10th, 292 kg
73 kg: Ryan Grimsland, 16th, 327 kg
            73 kg: Caden Cahoy, 320 kg
89 kg: Nathan Damron, 11th, 370 kg
            89 kg: CJ Cummings, 336
102 kg: Wes Kitts, 11th, 388 kg
            102 kg: Ryan Sester, 372 kg
+102 kg: Caine Wilkes, 22nd, 387 kg
            +102 kg: Alejandro Medina, 385 kg


49 kg: Jourdan Delacruz, 4th, 200 total kg
59 kg: Taylor Wilkins, 10th, 221 kg
71 kg: Olivia Reeves, 2nd, 262 kg
71 kg: Kate Vibert, 254 kg
81 kg: Mattie Rogers, 9th, 252 kg
            81 kg: Kate Vibert, 247 kg
+81 kg: Mary Theisen-Lappen, 5th, 283 kg
+81 kg: Sarah Robles, 282 kg

The OQR is sorted based on overall total in kilograms and only includes results from the 2022 IWF World Championships, 2023 Continental Championships/Continental Games, the 2023 IWF Grand Prix I, the 2023 IWF World Championships, and the 2023 Doha Grand Prix, with result from the 2024 Continental Championships (February) and 2024 IWF World Cup (April) to come. The OQR lists the highest-ranked lifter for a country at that particular weight, as each National Olympic Committee (NOC) can qualify just one lifter per weight category, and three total athletes per gender, to the Paris Games. Keep an eye on Team USA’s Pathway to Paris throughout the final two qualifying competitions.

Team USA Competition Schedule (All times Eastern)

European Championships Broadcast Schedule and links

Feb. 13 | 1:00 p.m. ET
61A Hampton Morris

Feb. 14 | 10:00 a.m. ET
59A Taylor Wilkins

Feb. 15 | 1:00 p.m. ET
73A  Caden Cahoy, Ryan Grimsland

Feb. 16 | 10:00 a.m. ET
71A Olivia Reeves, Meredith Alwine

Feb. 17
5:00 a.m. ET - 89B CJ Cummings
10:00 a.m. ET - 89A Nathan Damron

Feb. 18 | 10:00 a.m. ET
81A Mattie Rogers, Kate Vibert

Feb. 19 | 7:00 a.m. ET
102A Wes Kitts, Ryan Sester

Feb. 20
6:00 a.m. ET - +87A Mary Theisen-Lappen
9:00 a.m. ET - +109A Alejandro Medina, Caine Wilkes