Feature Athlete: Destiny Snider

Destiny Snider is our latest featured athlete!  Destiny is a 14-year old weightlifter from St. Louis, Missouri who currently competes in the 44 kg weight class.   Destiny won the championship title in the 44-kg weight class (14-15 age group) at USA Weightlifting's 2018 Youth Nationals in Grand Rapids, Michigan in June 2018. When did [...]

By | 2018-07-16T02:29:14+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Athlete Resources, Featured Athlete, Interviews|

Carlos Millen – January 2018 Featured Athlete

Carlos Millen Jr., our latest featured athlete.  Carlos is a 17 year old weightlifter from Hardeeville, South Carolina and is currently competing in the 62kg weight class.  Carlos trains at Performance Initiative in Savannah, Georgia with Coach Kerri Goodrich. When did you get started in this sport? I started lifting weights about 2 ½  years [...]

By | 2018-01-19T16:22:16+00:00 January 19th, 2018|Featured Athlete, Interviews|

Representing in South America

In December 2017, Team USA sent four Under 15 lifters to Lima, Peru to compete in the South American Junior & Youth Championships & Tamas Ajan Cup on December 13-17: Haley Trinh - 53kg Abby Raymond - 58kg Dean Goad - 69kg Julia Yun - +75kg All four lifters represented Team USA admirably bringing home [...]

By | 2018-01-13T17:16:22+00:00 January 13th, 2018|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Competition, Interviews|

The Mind of an Olympian: An Interview with Hidilyn Diaz

If I had to pick one word to describe three-time Olympian, Hidilyn Diaz, I would choose "gracious."  Hidilyn is visiting Guam for the week, and she agreed to let me interview her before her weightlifting practice.  Unfortunately, I didn't think things through very well, and I ended up conducting the interview while sitting on some [...]

By | 2017-12-30T07:36:01+00:00 December 30th, 2017|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Interviews|

Taking C.J. to Worlds

C.J. Cummings followed his older sister into the weightlifting gym when he was barely able to walk.  When he was 10, C.J. began lifting alongside his 11-year old brother, Omar. Now, at 17-years old C.J. is the number-one ranked male weightlifter in the United States traveling to his second senior world championship competition. I caught [...]

By | 2017-11-28T14:44:16+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Interviews|

Hampton Morris – November 2017 Featured Athlete

Meet Hampton Morris -- our featured athlete for the month of November.  Hampton is a 13 year old youth weightlifter from Marietta, Georgia and is currently competing in the 50kg weight class. When did you get started in this sport? My first meet was on July 9th, 2016. What (or who) got you started? My [...]

By | 2017-11-08T09:17:16+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Featured Athlete, Interviews|

Antwan Kilbert – October 2017 Featured Athlete

It is with great pleasure that we introduce you to our featured athlete for the month of October: Antwan Kilbert.  Antwan is an amazing athlete and inspiration to young weightlifters in the US and abroad.  His character, as well as his strength, is admirable (and something worth paying attention to!). When did you get started [...]

By | 2017-10-13T16:59:04+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Featured Athlete, Interviews|

Elle Hatamiya – September 2017 Featured Athlete

Please let us introduce you to our featured athlete for the month of September: Elle Hatamiya.  Besides being an Instagram sensation, Elle is an amazing athlete (in weightlifting as well as dojo and gymnastics).  Elle is currently 12 years old and competes in the 35kg class. Where is home?  Albany, California When did you get started in this [...]

By | 2017-09-01T15:16:19+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Featured Athlete, Interviews|

Creating Confidence: An Interview with Jenny Schumacher

A large black Labradoodle ambles toward the entrance of Proven Strength and Conditioning, the weightlifting gym co-owned by Jenny Schumacher in American Fork, Utah.  Schumacher calls to her dog, Fonzie, and the dog retreats; the dog’s interest in the newcomer is satisfied with a glance at the familiar face. Schumacher, who coaches six days a week, [...]

By | 2017-08-09T08:06:33+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Athlete Resources, Coaches Resources, Interviews|

Kyle Martin, Jr. – July 2017 Featured Athlete

Please let us introduce you to our July 2017 featured athlete: Kyle Martin, Jr.  Kyle is ten years old youth weightlifter competing in the 44 kg weight class and is from Oley, PA. When did you get started in this sport? At age 8 What (or who) got you started? I would go to the [...]

By | 2017-07-02T20:55:20+00:00 July 2nd, 2017|Featured Athlete, Interviews|