I had the privilege of volunteering at the Junior National Championships for Olympic Weightlifting in Oklahoma City this past weekend.
The entire event was ran very well thanks in no small part to Ryan Self and Jeremy Rutledge. These two organized and gathered up the volunteers that were necessary for this event to be possible, and as far as I’m concerned it was smoothest and best meet I’ve ever been a part of.
I was lucky enough to witness many American records get broken, some multiple times, throughout the meet. Humbled by the talent that was on display at this event, I witnessed many very talented female competitors who weigh quite a bit less than myself who can definitely outlift me.
I even managed to sneak my way into a hookgrip video featuring Maddy Myers during her 108kg clean and jerk while supervising the loaders at the side of the platform.
(I’m the bald guy; credit to hookgrip, obviously)
Notable lifters that I personally got to see were Megan Seegert, Maddy Myers, Mattie Rogers, Tyera Zweygardt, Jessie Bradley, Jaclyn Beed (hometown friend), Marissa Klingseis, Angelica Figueroa, Nathan Damron, CJ Cummings, Omar Cummings, and Michael Hunt. Unfortunately I missed a lot of lifters due to either being unable to make it to the sessions, or because I was Marshaling. You can find the final results here.
Here are a few pictures I managed to grab while I was there:
I was a bit too distracted watching the meet to actually take more pictures.
All in all the meet was great for motivating me to continue to improve. I may never be a national level competitor, but that won’t stop me from trying.