USA Weightlifting Identifies New Talent at High School Combines

May 01, 2019, 11:30 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS (April 30, 2019) -- USA Weightlifting (USAW) wrapped up its 2018-2019 High School Combine Season, testing hundreds of athletes and identifying more than 20 rising stars in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting.

USAW, thorough its partner clubs, tested 217 at 28 different locations between September 2018 and March 2019. Participants were observed by top USAW-certified coaches in the 30 meter sprint, vertical jump, triple hop, power clean and back squat.

Of those tested, 23 were selected to receive invitations to a recruitment camp in Chicago, to work with USAW Technical Director, and 3-time Olympic Champion Pyrros Dimas and USAW Senior Director of High Performance and Coaching Education Mike Gattone.

“It’s been great seeing this program grow from last year especially now with more involvement from our local clubs,” USA Weightlifting Director of Grassroots Programs and Scouting Suzy Sanchez said. “I am hoping to see another 20-30% increase in participation next year, more club involvement, and more talent and depth for our sport.”

The combine series will return later this year for the 2019-2020 season. USAW hopes to increase the number of combines to 50. Details will be announced this summer.