Grand Rapids to Host 2018 National Youth Championships, Youth Olympic Games Trials

Sept. 29, 2017, 3:15 p.m. (ET)

Grand Rapids, Michigan will host the 2018 Nike USA Weightlifting National Youth Championships, powered by Rogue Fitness as well as the 2018 Youth Olympic Games Trials June 14-17, 2018.

The competition will happen at the DeVos Convention Center in downtown Grand Rapids with hotel facilities provided at the attached Amway Grand Plaza, part of the Hilton Curio Collection. The event returns to Michigan for the first time since 2012 when the event was held in Dearborn, Michigan, and to the Mid-West region for the first time since 2013.

Grand Rapids is served by Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR), which is served by a variety of airlines including United, Southwest, Allegiant, American and Delta.

The West Michigan Sports Commission and our hospitality partners look forward to welcoming USA Weightlifting, their athletes and families back to Grand Rapids in 2018.  We enjoyed the opportunity to host this incredible sport for the first time in 2017 with the American Open Series 3 and look forward to a long-lasting relationship of successful events for years to come,” Mike Guswiler, President of the West Michigan Sports Commission said.

2018 National Youth Championships Qualifying Totals found here.

The New York Times recently ranked Grand Rapids as #20 of 52 places to visit Worldwide, and athletes, coaches and families can read more about what there is to do in Western Michigan at www.experiencegr.com

The 2018 Youth Olympic Games trials will be the final qualification event for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina later in the year.

The 2018 event will feature an additional athletic test for athletes, which is open for all registered athletes across the weekend free of charge. In addition, the 2018 event will extend the Technique Medal program, giving a medal to any athlete scoring 8 of 10 or more in Technique.

“We are delighted to be bringing our premier Youth Weightlifting event back to Michigan. The state has a proud history in our sport most notably through multiple time Olympic Champion Norb Schemansky and 3-time Olympian, Fred Lowe. We look forward to seeing the World’s largest Youth Weightlifting event in Grand Rapids next June.” Phil Andrews, USA Weightlifting CEO.

The same venue recently hosted the American Open Series III, very successfully supported by 4 Star Strength who brought over 30 volunteers to assist with running the event.

Registration will open January 2, 2018.

Qualifying totals can be found here.