Alyssa Ritchey earned silver and bronze medals while teammate Kathleen Winters earned a bronze medal to kick off the opening day of the Pan American Weightlifting Championships at the Miccosukee Resort on Sunday in Miami.
Competing in the women's 48 kg. weight class, Ritchey earned a silver medal in the snatch with a 77 kg. lift to surpass teammate Winters, who took bronze with a snatch of 76 kg. Both Americans went 3-for-3 with their lifts in the snatch.
Ritchey, an Ohio native, went 2-for-3 in the clean-and-jerk, successfully hitting 95 kg. but missing out on 100. She cleaned it but could not complete the overhead portion of the lift, ending the competition with a total lift of 172 kg., good for a bronze medal for total weight lifted.
Winters, from Montana, missed taking the gold medal when she could not complete the press on the clean-and-jerk at 97 kg. She also went 5-for-6 on her lifts for the day, completing her second clean-and-jerk for 94 kg. and a 170 kg. total lift.
At nationals, Ritchey went double bodyweight with a 96 kg. clean-and-jerk and a total of 174 kg. to win the national title over Winters, the 2015 national champion, who totaled 172 kg. that day.
Competition Sunday also included the men’s 56 kg. weight class in which there were no U.S. entrants. The Pan American Weightlifting Championships continue through Thursday.Gary R. Blockus is a journalist from Allentown, Pennsylvania who has covered multiple Olympic Games. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.