Jourdan Delacruz competes during the women's 49 kg. competition at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on July 24, 2021 in Tokyo.
Jourdan Delacruz sees the next two years as a thoughtful journey.
There is a clear destination for the weightlifter: a return trip to the Olympic Games in two years in Paris. But this time around, she wants to take a different path to find success.
Her first Olympic competition last year in Tokyo ended with disappointment as she was unable to execute any of her clean & jerk attempts. She was third in the snatch and had a strong position to possibly medal. But it was not to be, and her Olympic experience ended in unexpected pain. Not only did she fall short of the podium, she ended up not even earning a placement. Instead, the letters “DNF” reside by her name in the record books.
After the Games, Delacruz went back to her home base in Atlanta, took some time off in the latter half of 2021 and processed the experience.
It was time to reset, try to purge the disappointment and plan the way forward.
Now she’s headed to the 2022 IWF World Championships on Dec. 5-16 in Bogota, Colombia, and feels she has put her head, heart and body in the right places to succeed. The competition is important for Delacruz, but also for all of the U.S. athletes. In addition to competing for world titles, this is the first of seven events where they can accumulate qualifying points toward the Olympic Games Paris 2024.
“This year has been pretty much about getting back into an Olympics mode after everything last year,” Delacruz, 24, said. “I finally feel my body, and all the other aspects, are in the right spaces en route to building for this next quad. I’m going to worlds just wanting to showcase what I can do.
“It’s about finding the joy and happiness in the hard work. The reality is, you may not always be rewarded or have the ability to do what you want to do. I’m more in tune with those realities now, after a lot of hard work. I’m really happy right now.”
Delacruz is one of the world’s top competitors at 49 kg. And the 2022 world championships will be her first global competition since the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.