Feb. 26, 2018 -

USA Weightlifting Expands Search to High School Students


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Weightlifting is expanding its talent identification program by launching an online combine for high school students, according to USA Weightlifting.

High school students ages 13-18 will be able to upload videos of their best bench press, squat and power clean. USA Weightlifting will use the submissions to identify new talent and award the best performances by the student athletes.

"This is a great opportunity for students across America to show us what they've got," USA Weightlifting Director of Development Programs Suzy Sanchez said. "We hope to expose new athletes to our sport and we hope it will help us grow the strongest team in America."

Submissions will be evaluated by USA Weightlifting's Sport team, including 3-time Olympic Champion Pyrros Dimas and National Teams coach Mike Gattone.

The top athlete per weight category will receive a trophy and an invitation to attend a camp hosted by USA Weightlifting at the headquarters of Rogue Fitness in Columbus, Ohio.

The overall winner's high school will receive a full set of weights and a barbell, while the runner-up's school will receive a barbell.

The top high school in each state will receive a certificate of recognition to signify their participation in the online combine.

The competition runs March 14-April 16 at NextWeightliftingStar.com.

The combine is free to enter; however, entrants will be required to upload a copy of their student ID card in order to prove eligibility.

For more information, visit www.usaweightlifting.org.