In every good sports movie there’s a moment where the team or the coach or a specific player begins to make the transition that we all look back on and see as the pivotal moment for the success of the team. In Remember The Titans it was the teams trip to Gettysburg battlefield. The “You were Born for This“ speech in the movie Miracle. There’s one of these moments in every good sports story.
For the first weeks of the month I got to be a part of one of those moments for USA Weightlifting. To be fair, this is just one puzzle piece that has been a part of the transition from USA’s relative nonexistence in the weightlifting world to its current rise to the podium. For the first time in a long time we put athletes on the podium at the world championships in Anaheim and Sarah took home gold! Two weeks ago our Junior Weightlifting Team continued that success. These young athletes made history winning 18 total medals in the winningest Junior World Championships in history. With the help of gold medalist CJ Cummings, the men’s team took fourth overall.
On the female side, there were more medals than I care to count lead off by Power & Grace Performance’s own Jordan Delacruz. The girls would go on to WIN the world championship as a team! For the first time ever, A United States Weightlifting team is the strongest team in the world. This past championship is one of those marks of transition. Mike Gattone I think said it best as we closed up the week. He told the team that he was super proud of them but he wanted this feeling, this competitiveness, these results to become expected. If our country is going to be a dominant force in weightlifting that it has the capacity to be, medals can’t be results we hope for but results that are expected.