Weightlifting Preview
At this year's Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, the U.S. weightlifting team is looking for a strong performance and to score more points to further solidify their position of sending a full team to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Each athlete will make their first appearance in the Pan American Games in Peru, a sign that this new Team USA is looking to win. 

Jourdan Delacruz, who is 21 and already a veteran of the international stage, is looking strong after taking home the 55 kg. Pan American Weightlifting Championship victory in Guatemala in April 2019. 

In the 59 kg. bodyweight category, two women will take the platform. Jessica Lucero, a multi-time national champion, will lift for the stars and stripes alongside her teammate, Hunter Elam, the 2019 national champion.

Mattie Sasser was the flagbearer for the U.S. Marshall Islands at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, and now lifts for the United States in the 64 kg. category. Sasser is looking for a podium finish in her first Pan American Games. 

In the 76 kg. category, Katherine Nye is looking to build on her incredible performance on the international stage, after sweeping gold medals and setting a dozen junior and senior Pan American and American records at the Pan American Championships in April.

Sarah Robles, two-time Olympian, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 world champion will make her Pan Am Games debut in the +87 kg. weight category. Robles, who could further her case for a third Olympic berth with a strong performance in Lima, swept gold at April's Pan American Championships in Guatemala. 

On the men's side, 2017 youth world champion, multi-time national champion and American record holder Harrison Maurus looks for a podium finish in his first Pan American Games. Meanwhile, his 81 kg. teammate, Christian Rodriguez Ocasio, also looks to score points to help him climb the Olympic qualification ranking list.

Team USA veteran and national champion Nathan Damron will hit the platform in the 96 kg. category, while Wes Kitts looks to build on his record-breaking performance at the 2019 Pan American Championships where he swept gold. 

New for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 quadrennial, athletes must compete in a certain number of international events in the runup to the Games. The U.S. can send up to eight athletes – four men and four women – to Tokyo 2020, and all must qualify by name. The Pan American Games in Lima will serve as a "silver" level qualifier, and the athlete's total weight lifted will be calculated towards their Olympic qualification.