USA Weightlifting Features OTC Farewell Welcomi...

OTC Farewell Welcoming All Athletes to our Gym

By Kevin Farley | Sept. 29, 2016, 11 a.m. (ET)

After decades of training Olympians, the Weightlifting Resident Program at the U.S. Olympic Training Center will end September 30, 2016. This week, we're looking back at the special moments this special place created.

Read more about the U.S. Olympic Committee's decision here. 

"The Mission of USA Weightlifting shall be to enable United States athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence in Olympic competition and to promote and grow the sport of weightlifting in the United States.”

We, as an organization, work every day to fulfill our mission and serve our members the best we can.

One way of doing that, is to engage new and upcoming athletes with camps and other programs to allow them to develop their skills as weightlifters.

For decades, we've opened up our gym at the U.S. Olympic Training Center to camps to give athletes of all skill levels a chance to work with some of the sport's greatest coaches and work side-by-side with the sport's greatest athletes. 

"I have been doing Olympic Weightlifting for less than a year and truly fell in love with the sport and so I attended the camp to enhance my skills as well as obtain some honest feedback on my progress, core fundamentals and strength," 2016 Masters camp alumni Daniel Torpey said. "At first I was pretty intimidated, but by the end of the program I gained over a 10 percent increase in my PR for my snatch lift.  I left knowing that I can be an Athlete and Accountant; both take hard work and dedication to be successful."

The camaraderie created among campers parallels the relationships created by resident athletes. 

"My time at the OTC gave me a chance to train, talk and share some really good times with awesome lifters and get some great coaching by and incredibly accomplished team of coaches," 2016 Masters camp alumni David Roderick said. 

As we say goodbye to our gym and resident program, we are empowered by the opportunity before us as an organization and a sport. Our dedication to our athletes is unwavering. We are focused on building up our athletes and our sport in new ways for decades to come.