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Update on 2020 USA Weightlifting National Events

April 23, 2020, 11:56 a.m. (ET)

August 2020 UPDATE - this article has been updated to reflect that the American Open Series 3 will no longer be held in person in September in Las Vegas, switching to a virtual format. Click here to learn more.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, USA Weightlifting has made the difficult decision to restructure the remainder of the 2020 National Events. 

The 2020 Nike National Youth Championships powered by Rogue Fitness, originally scheduled for June 26-28 in Winston Salem, North Carolina, has been postponed to December in Atlanta. It will be held in conjunction with the 2020 American Open Finals and the rescheduled National Championships. Qualification and registration periods for the National Youth Championships have been extended to November 1 and November 5, respectively, to mirror those of the American Open Finals and National Championships. The event in Atlanta will be expanded to include four days of lifting, with competition beginning Thursday, December 3. A preliminary schedule will be available closer to the competition.


The 2020 Nike American Open Series 2, powered by Rogue Fitness has been canceled. Registrations for this event will be automatically transferred to the American Open Series 3, set for September 16-20 in Las Vegas. Members currently registered for the American Open Series 2 or National Youth Championship who wish to have their registration fee refunded, must request it by email to by 12PM Mountain time, Thursday, April 30. 

With member safety a top priority, USA Weightlifting will implement appropriate mitigation procedures to protect participants from COVID-19.

Updated 2020 National Events Schedule


Original City/Dates

New City/Dates

National Championships

May 14-17, Lombard, IL

December 2-6, Atlanta, GA

American Open Series 2

June 24-25, Winston-Salem, NC

Registrations automatically transferred to American Open Series 3

National Youth Championships

June 26-28, Winston-Salem, NC

December 2-6, Atlanta, GA

American Open Series 3

September 16-20, Las Vegas, NV

Now a virtual event

Click here for details.

American Open Finals

December 3-6, Atlanta, GA

No Change

With the postponement of the 2020 National Youth Championships, USA Weightlifting is working on a unique, online weightlifting experience for youth athletes for early in the Month of July. Further information will be released soon.

In relation to qualification matters for the 2020 Junior Pan American Championship, 2020 World University Championship (canceled) and 2020 IWF Youth World Championship, for which these events were due to act as a final qualification event, the qualification will now follow the emergency procedure published in March for a selection camp over the same week as the original competition. Interested parties can view that procedure here.