Kate Nye competes at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Aug. 1, 2021 in Tokyo.
A pair of medals and a number of American records will be coming home from Tokyo with the eight-member U.S. Olympic weightlifting team.
Kate Nye led the way with a silver medal in the women’s 76 kg. class. Her snatch of 111 kg., clean and jerk of 138 kg. and total of 249 kg. were all American records.
The 22-year-old Nye, who missed three weeks of training earlier this year with a back injury, bounced back in impressive fashion, posting the best U.S. weightlifting result in 21 years.
Nye became the first U.S. women's weightlifter to win Olympic silver and the fourth medalist since women's weightlifting was added to the Olympic program in 2000. It was also the first medal for an American in the women's light heavyweight division.
“It feels surreal,” said Nye, who won the world championship in 2019. “I feel like I’ve had such a whirlwind of a quad, starting weightlifting in 2016. So, the fact that I’m here in 2021 with a medal around my neck is unreal.”