Team USA Training in Tokyo

Sept. 14, 2019, 8:15 a.m. (ET)

Team USA is in Tokyo this week to put their finishing touches on training ahead of the 2019 IWF World Weightlifting Championships in Pattaya, Thailand.

USA Weightlifting selected next year’s Olympic City to give athletes a taste of what could lie ahead for them at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

“It’s surreal to be in Tokyo and be around the Olympic City,” Kate Nye, 71kg athlete and Tokyo 2020 hopeful said. “It’s just an honor to be here and gives me more drive to work hard and hopefully make my Olympic dream come true.”

Nye, of Oakland Township, Michigan is just one of eighteen athletes participating in the optional pre-competition camp, which runs through Tuesday, before the team heads to the World Championships.

Day 1 Training Video


“I love the camaraderie of Team USA and training in such a great facility,” Nye said.

Waseda University’s Weightlifting Team hosted the camp, opening their doors to Team USA and providing training time and equipment.

“The facility at Waseda is fantastic. We really like a valued member of the worldwide weightlifting family here,” Mike Gattone, USA Weightlifting’s Senior Director of Sport Performance and Coaching Education said. “We want to thank Coach Seiichiro Takei and the Waseda University Weightlifting team for being so hospitable and allowing us to train in their facility.”

Day 2 Training Video


With their focus now on performing their best at the most important weightlifting meet of the year, Team USA will land in Thailand acclimated to the vast time difference from the United States and prepared to put on a show.

The 2019 IWF World Weightlifting Championships are scheduled for September 18-28 in Pattaya, Thailand, which is eleven hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time.

ESPN3 will air the 2019 World Weightlifting Championships in the United States online. Links and further details will be posted here at when available.