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Weightlifting World Medalist Mattie Rogers Gets Engaged In Early Morning Beach Surprise

By Chrös McDougall | June 22, 2019, 2:59 p.m. (ET)

Mattie Rogers celebrates finishing her lift in the women's 69 kg. at the 2017 IWF Weightlifting World Championships on Dec. 2, 2017 in Anaheim, Calif.


Mattie Rogers has a little extra weight to lift on her left hand.

Rogers, who in 2018 became the first U.S. woman to medal at the weightlifting world championships in consecutive years since 1994, debuted a big new rock on her left ring finger, courtesy of now-fiancé Sean McCormick.

Rogers announced the engagement in a three-part Instagram story this morning.

“Good morning” she posted in the first early-morning story, posing with her new ring alongside McCormick.

According to her next post, which was labeled 6:52 a.m., the couple enjoyed a breakfast of subs on the beach in Florida before showing off the new bling to their pet cats, a scene captured in a third story.

“The boys are pleased,” she confirmed over a short video of the two cats sniffing the ring.

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Rogers, a 23-year-old from Orlando, just missed out on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team but is an early favorite to make her Olympic debut next summer in Tokyo. Competing at her second world championships, in 2017, Rogers scored three bronze medals (69 kg. snatch, clean & jerk, total) to become the first U.S. women’s weightlifting world medalist in 12 years.

This past November, she took bronze in the 71 kg. clean & jerk, becoming the first American to take home back-to-back medals since Robin Byrd did so in 1993 and 1994.

McCormick is a musician, according to his social media accounts, and is also a weightlifter.

Don’t wait for an invitation to the wedding, though. In responding to a Twitter comment, Rogers said, “We’re gonna elope in some mountains in Iceland or something.”

Chrös McDougall has covered the Olympic movement for TeamUSA.org since 2009 on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc. He is based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

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