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She's Back - Jackie Berube Serves Notice on Day One of the 2008 USA Weightlifting National Championships in Columbus, Ohio

Feb. 29, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)

For Immediate Release February 29, 2008 She's Back - Jackie Berube Serves Notice on Day One of the 2008 USA Weightlifting National Championships in Columbus, Ohio COLUMBUS, Ohio-Jackie Berube (Colorado Springs, Colo.) served notice today at the 2008 USA Weightlifting National Championships that she will be a force to be reckoned with for any woman trying to make the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team in Weightlifting."I needed that one today,"said Berube."I'm really happy, especially with my snatches. I should have made that last clean and jerk. I'm definitely going to need to make that at the Olympic Trials. It's a great feeling to have a good meet and to feel good and be on and to just know that I'm going to be ready. I just want to do my best and if I do, I think I have a good shot at making the team (2008 U.S. Olympic Team)."This meet was one of Berube's top performances since suffering a knee injury when a weight fell on her leg just prior to the 2006 World Weightlifting Championships. Berube had surgery to repair the knee following the 2006 World Championships and her first international competition following her surgery was the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 2008 USA Weightlifting National Championships is being hosted by the Columbus Weightlifting Club, Inc. in conjunction with the annual Arnold Sports Festival. The National Championships is the final domestic event to determine athlete ranking prior to the Olympic Trials. Athletes must be ranked in the overall top 30 for both men and women to qualify for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Weightlifting. Fans not in Columbus can catch all of the action via the world-wide-web at or at With the approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee, the webcast is being provided by Network Foundation Technologies, LLC (NFT). 2008 USA Weightlifting National Championships Results: Friday, February 29, 2008 Women's 48kg Weight Class Gold; Stacy Suyama (Torrance, Calif.); 156kg total (73kg snatch; 83kg clean and jerk) Silver: Kelly Polly (Atlanta, Ga.); 149kg total (65kg snatch; 84kg clean and jerk) Bronze; Heather Snethen (St. Joseph, Mo./Colorado Springs, Colo.); 135kg total (60kg snatch; 75kg clean and jerk) Men's 56kg Weight Class Gold; Shelton, Gilyard (Valrico, Fla..); 197kg total (85kg snatch; 112kg clean and jerk) Silver: J.T. Barnett (Altamonte Springs, Fla.); 189kg total (81kg snatch; 108kg clean and jerk) Bronze; Christian Calub; 188kg total (85kg snatch; 103kg clean and jerk) Men's 62kg Weight Class Gold; Aaron Adams; 250kg total (107kg snatch; 143kg clean and jerk) Silver: Kyle Yamauchi; 249kg total (110kg snatch; 139kg clean and jerk) Bronze; Nghiep Dinh; 245kg total (110kg snatch; 135kg clean and jerk) Women's 53kg Weight Class Gold; Melanie Roach (Bonney Lake, Wash.); 183kg total (78kg snatch; 105kg clean and jerk) Silver: Niki Myles; 162kg total (75kg snatch; 87kg clean and jerk) Bronze; Jennifer Pejo (Colorado Springs, Colo.); 151kg total (64kg snatch; 87kg clean and jerk) Men's 69kg Weight Class Gold; Henry Brower (Bloomingdale, Ga.); 293kg total (130kg snatch; 163kg clean and jerk) Silver: Caleb Williams (Atlanta, Ga.); 263kg total (113kg snatch; 150kg clean and jerk) Bronze; Christopher Yorkowitz; 257kg total (119kg snatch; 138kg clean and jerk) Women's 58kg Weight Class Gold; Jackie Berube (Escanaba, Mich./Colorado Springs, Colo.); 194kg total (89kg snatch; 105kg clean and jerk) Silver: Amanda Hubbard (Atlanta, Ga./Colorado Springs, Colo.); 185kg total (100kg snatch; 87kg clean and jerk) Bronze; Hilary Katzenmeier; 167kg total (74kg snatch; 93kg clean and jerk) The remaining schedule for the 2008 USA Weightlifting National Championships is as follows: Saturday, March 1, 2008 Time; Event 9:00 a.m.; Men's 77kg Weight Class-B Session 11:00 a.m.; Men's 77kg Weight Class-A Session 1:00 p.m.; Women's 63kg Weight Class 3:30 p.m.; Men's 85kg Weight Class 5:30 p.m.; Women's 69kg Weight Class 7:30 p.m.; Women's 94kg Weight Class Sunday, March 2, 2008 Time; Event 10:00 a.m.; Women's 75kg Weight Class and Women's 75+kg Weight Class-B Session 12:00 noon; Men's 105kg Weight Class 2:30 p.m. Women's 75+kg Weight Class-A Session 4:30 p.m. Men's 105+kg Weight Class For complete results for the 2008 USA Weightlifting National Championships, please visit The United States women have qualified for the maximum of four competition slots for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. The number of 2008 Olympic slots was determined by combined team placement at the 2006 and 2007 World Weightlifting Championships. The 2006 World Weightlifting Championships was held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, September 30-October 7, 2006 and the 2007 World Weightlifting Championships were held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, September 17-26, 2007. The USA women qualified for the maximum of four Olympic slots based on their final placing of eighth as a team from a combined formula of the 2006 and 2007 World Championships. The USA women had originally placed ninth, but their team ranking improved by one position following the recalculation of team points after doping positives were discovered for teams that had originally placed above the United States. Christmas of 2007 was not as kind to the USA men as the grinch (in the form of the International Weightlifting Federation website) visited, taking away the three Olympic slots that the team had thought they had secured with their performances at the 2006 and 2007 World Weightlifting Championships. At the conclusion of the 2007 World Weightlifting Championships in Chiang Mai, Thailand the U.S. men sat in position to secure three Olympic slots with a 27th place combined team finish, making the U.S. the final country to qualify slots for the Olympic Games. As was the case with the women, teams above the U.S. had athletes that received doping positives. Despite no one on the U.S. team testing positive, the U.S. men dropped one position in the overall team rankings when team totals were recalculated, thus losing the three Olympic slots they thought they had earned. The shift in order, due to doping positives by athletes in teams that finished above Team USA, caused a re-shuffling of team points and the final mathematical breakdown moved Chinese Taipei above the United States. The U.S. men will still have the opportunity to qualify two Olympic slots through the Pan American Regional Olympic Qualifying event which is the 2008 Pan American Weightlifting Championships that will be held March 17-22 in Callao, Peru. To qualify for the two Olympic slots, the eight member USA team must finish ranked first or second as a team. For the eight men that will represent the United States at the 2008 Pan American Weightlifting Championships, this event will count as their National Championships in regards to ranking going into the Olympic Trials. A total of 260 athletes will compete in the sport of weightlifting at the 2008 Olympic Games. In accordance with the rules of the International Weightlifting Federation, a country could qualify to enter a maximum of six men and four women for the 2008 Olympic Games. USA Weightlifting will hold the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, May 16-17 in Atlanta, Ga. to determine which athletes will fill the slots it has earned on the women's side and will earn on the men's side. USA Weightlifting will send a team of eight top ranked weightlifters to what promises to be a pressure packed event with Olympic qualification on the line at the 2008 Pan American Weightlifting Championships in Callao, Peru, March 17-22. 2008 USA Weightlifting Pan American Championships Men's Team Derrick Johnson (St. Louis, Mo.), 62kg Weight Class Chad Vaughn (Konawa, Okla./Norman, Okla.), 77kg Weight Class Matt Bruce (Baton Rouge, La.), 77kg Weight Class Kendrick Farris (Shreveport, La.), 85kg Weight Class Zach Krych (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 85kg Weight Class Jeff Wittmer (Florissant, Mo.), 94kg Weight Class Casey Burgener (Bonsall, Calif./Colorado Springs, Colo.), 105+kg Weight Class Zach Schluender (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 105+Weight Class Head Coach: Paul Fleschler (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Assistant Coach: Dennis Snethen (St. Joseph, Mo.) Team Leader: Kyle Pierce (Shreveport, La.) For more information, please contact Cecil Bleiker, USOC Manager of NGB Media Services in the USOC Media , Public Relations Division at 719-330-2062. This press release is also available on the USOC's media specific website at