American Open Finals

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Dec. 06 - 09, 2018


2018 American Open Finals
December 6-9
Milwaukee, WI

Qualification Dates: December 1, 2017 - October 28, 2018
Registration Deadline: November 8, 2018, 2PM Mountain


 

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Athletes Qualified for American Open Finals through American Open Series

Qualified Athletes at American Open Series 1

Qualified Athletes at American Open Series 2

Qualified Athletes at American Open Series 3

 

     


Paper Application for athletes qualified through the American Open Series


 


American Open Series FAQ:

 

Do I need to re-qualify for the American Open Series 3 and/or American Open Finals?

No, your existing qualifying total made during the qualification period, provided it meets the qualifying totals linked below, will be recognized. You may go up or down one category to register provided that your qualifying total does meet the minimum standard for that category. 

 

Qualifying totals were assigned to the bodyweight categories that the IWF published on 7/6/2018 based on the existing bodyweight category qualifying totals already published.

 

If I compete in a Local Meet that is using the old weight classes, can I use the total from that meet to qualify for the American Open Series 3 and/or American Open Finals?

Yes, the total made at that meet, provided it meets the qualifying totals linked below, will be recognized. You may go up or down one category to register, provided that your qualifying total does meet the minimum standard for that category. 

 

I am hosting a local meet; do I have to use the new weight classes?

Local meets sanctioned on or after July 9 will use the new bodyweight categories. Local meets sanctioned prior to July 8, 2018 have the option to use either body weight category set, but we recommend using the new categories as soon as possible. 

 

I am hosting a local meet that was sanctioned prior to the announcement of the new weight classes and will be using the old weight classes at our local AO3 qualifying event. Can athletes use the totals they hit during the meet to qualify for the American Open Series 3 and/or American Open Finals?

Yes, the total made at that meet, provided it meets the qualifying totals linked below, will be recognized. The athlete may go up or down one category to register provided that your qualifying total does meet the minimum standard for that category. 

 

How will new American Record standards be set?

USA Weightlifting has appointed a task force of data analytics experts to determine a record standard. We anticipate publishing these standards, at least for Senior and Junior levels, by the end of July with the remainder to follow as soon as possible.

 

How will USAW determine the best lifter at National Events?

We will now longer determine best lifter by Sinclair. Instead, we will determine the best lifter for men and women by Robi Points. Robi point calculation can be found here http://www.iwf.net/robi-points/

 

Local meets may use Sinclair to determine best lifters, however, we recommend using Robi Points. Robi point calculations will be available for the new weight classes in the upcoming weeks.

 

How will Youth categories, typically contested at the National Youth Championship, be affected?

USA Weightlifting has appointed a task force of data analytics experts together with representatives from the Coaching, Youth and Competition Committees to determine the lower bodyweight categories used at the 14-15 and 13 & Under/11 & Under age categories. The 16-17 level, as well as the American Open Series, will use the IWF Youth Bodyweight Categories.

 

Funding and Selection for USA Weightlifting’s National Teams:

Our new selection and funding system comes into force on August 1. For the avoidance of doubt if you qualified for a period 2 stipend, it will be honored through September (the published end of that stipend system). You can find our new Selection and Funding processes here.

 

When will international events begin to use the new bodyweight categories?

New Body Weight categories will begin to be used internationally on 1 November 2018, the first day of competition of the 2018 IWF World Championships. For the avoidance of doubt this means the 2018 IWF Masters World Championship, the 2018 Pan American Junior Championship and the 2018 FISU/IWF World University Championship will use the previous body weight categories.