King Ritchey Ready for Worlds

By Kevin Farley - with Team USA in Pattaya, Thailand | Sept. 18, 2019, 10:38 a.m. (ET)
Team USA hits the platform Thursday as the 2018 IWF Weightlifting World Championships gets underway in Pattaya, Thailand. 

Olympian Morghan King will take the stage as the first in the 49kg B bodyweight category. 

"This is the best I have felt in the last two-and-a-half years," King, 33, told USA Weightlifting after her final training session. "I am really excited to be back on the world stage. This is a really exciting atmosphere to be in to get ready for competition."

King, a resident of Dacula, Georgia, lifts for Power & Grace Performance. She looks to improve on her personal best in the 49kg bodyweight category, a 181kg total set at the 2019 Nike American Open Series 2 powered by Rogue Fitness in July in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There, King snatched 82kg, clean & jerked 99kg.

"She looks really good technically, especially the last six weeks of her training cycle," King's personal coach, Spencer Arnold, said. "My words to her tonight are to do what you've been doing. Don't change anything. Let's get out there, continue the same routine, the same process, the same mental space." 

King lifts at 12:00 noon local time in Pattaya, exactly 12 hours ahead of Central Time. You can watch King's session at USAW.live. 

In Thursday evening's 49kg A session, 2019 Pan American Champion Alyssa Ritchey looks to build on her success. 

"I feel ready and super pumped to compete," Ritchey, 30, said. "I feel good." 

Ritchey took gold at the 2019 Pan Am Championships, with a 83kg snatch, 107kg clean & jerk and 190kg total. 

"I'm looking forward to a huge day," Ritchey said. "Big, big lifts. Things I've never attempted before." 

Ritchey, who lives in Perrysburg, Ohio lifts for Team Juggernaut.

"Alyssa looks really good," Ritchey's personal coach, Max Aita, said. "She's in really great shape, probably the best shape she's ever been in before a meet so far."

Alyssa's session begins at 5:55PM Thursday local time in Pattaya, 5:55AM Central Time. You can watch her session on ESPN3. 

Stay tuned to USAWeightlifting.org for complete coverage from the 2019 World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand.