Meet Team USA for Rescheduled 2020 Pan American Championships

by USA Weightlifting

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (March 16, 2021) -- Some of America's strongest athletes will be on step closer in punching their tickets to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in April, as USA Weightlifting named its team today for the rescheduled 2020 Pan American Championships, a gold qualifying event for this summer's Olympic Games. 

Sidelined in 2020 because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the rescheduled 2020 Pan American Championships are set for April 18-25 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The competition is a gold-level qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and the first eligible competition for the final Olympic qualifying period as determined by the International Weightlifting Federation.

"We are so excited to get our athletes back on the platform," said Mike Gattone, USA Weightlifting Senior Director of Sport Performance and Coaching Education said. "For some of our athletes, this will be their first opportunity to finish up their qualification requirements for this summer's Olympic Games."

Athletes selected for the Olympic Team will be determined by our published Selection Procedures. The final Olympic qualification period runs through the end of May with the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 scheduled for July 23-August 8. 

The U.S. Olympic Weightlifting Team, comprised of four men and four women, is expected to be named by mid-June.

With the safety of our athletes, coaches and staff paramount, USA Weightlifting is undertaking significant measures to protect the USA delegation. Each member will undergo COVID-19 testing prior to departure from the United States and will undergo further testing prior to leaving the Dominican Republic and upon returning to the United States. Furthermore, each member of the delegation will be assigned a single hotel room. The delegation is mandated to wear masks and additional medical personnel will be on hand.

Live stream and further information will be available closer to the start of competition.

Team USA Men

Name Wclass Hometown Coach Club Instagram
Alex Lee 67 Chandler, AZ Shahin Nasirinia ALEE Athletics Alee_Weightlifting
CJ Cummings 73 Beaufort, SC Ray Jones Team Divergent cj__cummings
Christian Rodriguez Ocasio 81 San Ramon, CA David Spitz California Strength chevynsville
Harrison Maurus 81 Auburn, WA Spencer Arnold Power and Grace Performance Harrison_maurus
Jordan Cantrell 89 Clovis, CA Travis Mash Mash Elite cantrell89kg
John Downey 89 Corona, CA Juan Martinez Stable john_squats
Nathan Damron 96 San Ramon, CA Dave Spitz California Strength Nathandamron96
Wes Kitts 109 Knoxville, TN David Spitz California Strength Weskitts22
Keiser Witte +109 Phoenix, AZ Shahin Nasirinia ALEE Athletics kaiser_keiser
Caine Wilkes +109 Indian Trail, NC Chris Wilkes Little League Weightlifting thedragonwilkes


Team USA Women

Name Wclass Hometown Coach Club Instagram
Cicely Kyle 45 Pensacola, FL Spencer Arnold Power and Grace Performance cicelykyle
Jourdan Delacruz 49 Wylie, TX Spencer Arnold Power and Grace Performance jourdannn_14
Hayley Reichardt 49 Leesport, PA Dane Miller Garage Strength hayleyreichardt
Taylor Wilkins 59 McKinney, TX Vance Newgard Spoon Barbell Tayturnew
Mattie Sasser 64 Grandview, MO Jessica Lucero Uplift mattie_sasser64
Meredith Alwine 71 Virginia Beach, VA Danny Camargo Team OC meredithalwine
Kate Nye 76 Berkley, MI Josh Galloway Team Hercules katherineenye
Jessie Stemo 81 Milwaukee, WI Spencer Arnold Power and Grace Performance jessiestemo
Mattie Rogers 81 Geneva, FL Aimee Anaya Everett Catalyst Athletics mattiecakesssss
Sarah Robles +87 Desert Hot Springs, CA Tim Swords Team Houston Roblympian

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