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U.S. Olympic weightlifting team poised to be strongest in six decades

News: U.S. Weightlifting Team Announced for 2024 Olympics

The U.S. weightlifting team is gearing up for the Paris Games with a group of talented athletes that are poised to make a mark on the international stage. Olivia Reeves, a University of Tennessee-Chattanooga junior, has shown remarkable progress in the sport and is set to compete as the top seed with a chance to become the first U.S. weightlifting gold medalist since Tara Nott in 2000.

Reeves’ success has caused a ripple effect in the weightlifting world, with Olympic silver medalist Mary Theisen-Lappen moving out of her weight class to make way for the rising star. Theisen-Lappen, who began this Olympic cycle coaching discus and shot put throwers, has made a seamless transition to weightlifting and is now a reigning world silver medalist.

Joining Reeves and Theisen-Lappen on the Olympic team are Jourdan Delacruz, who is in line to return to the Olympics after narrowly missing a medal in Tokyo, and Hampton Morris, the first American man to break a senior weightlifting world record since 1969. Morris, at just 20 years old, is set to become the youngest U.S. Olympic weightlifter since 2000.

With this strong lineup, the U.S. weightlifting team has high hopes for the Paris Games, aiming to win more than two medals at a single Olympics for the first time since 1960. The team’s qualification via international rankings in April solidified their spots on the roster, and they are now focused on preparing to compete against the world’s best in Paris.

As the athletes continue to train and hone their skills, all eyes will be on Reeves, Theisen-Lappen, Delacruz, Morris, and their teammates as they represent the United States on the weightlifting platform at the upcoming Olympic Games.

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