Peyton Brown snatches in the weightlifting women's 58kg Group at the Summer Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 on Oct. 11, 2018 in Buenos Aires.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Peyton Brown made history on Thursday, becoming the first American weightlifter ever to win a Youth Olympic Games medal as she won bronze in the women’s 58 kg. event. Brown lifted a total of 186 kg. between her snatch and clean & jerk, more than 410 lbs. For reference, that’s about the weight of a full-grown lion.
“I’m just speechless,” Brown said. “I’m really in shock right now, and just so excited to have this medal.”
In the snatch, Brown hit her first lift at 80 kg. and missed her second attempt at 84. For her third and final attempt, she upped the ante to 85 and lifted it clean to improve her own youth American record for the 16-17 age group for 59 kg. that she set last July.
Brown’s dad was eagerly following her competition in Buenos Aires. However, while most Team USA parents are following from back home or sitting in the stands as spectators, Brown’s dad had the best view in the house. Brown’s father was standing 20 feet off the platform.
David Brown is Peyton’s personal coach and the official team leader for the U.S. Youth Olympic Weightlifting Team.
“Having my dad here is just really special,” Peyton said. “Most athletes don’t get to have that, and I have him here with me for every single part of the competition.”
“He knows me better than anyone both on the platform and off,” Peyton said. “Sometimes we butt heads at practice; we’ll both give each other some attitude. But at the end of the day, he’s always my dad.”
For David, it’s special watching any athlete succeed, but even more so when that athlete is his daughter.
“I’m proud because I know how hard she has trained for this moment,” David said. “Anytime I’m watching an athlete, I’m nervous for them, but when I’m wearing my dad hat, that’s something different.”
For Peyton and her dad, their bond goes far beyond the sport of weightlifting, too.
“She’s my daughter, she’s my athlete and she’s my fishing buddy too. We do a lot together,” David said.
For the coach and athlete, dad and daughter and pair of fishing buddies, this shared experience will be hard to top.