You are here

Topics View

Jessica Lucero

Jessica Lucero earned her spot on the U.S. national weightlifting team but didn't make it to Rio. She started weightlifting back in 2005 and has been loading more and more on the barbell ever since. She set three new American records for her 58kg weight class at the U.S. Olympic Trials: a 93kg (205lb) snatch and 115kg (253lb) clean and jerk for 208kg total. (FYI, that's 458 pounds!)

Photo: @jessicalucero9

Ricklynn Joy Long

Ricklynn Long—aka Riki—is only 4'11" and 105 lbs, but can snatch and do handstand push-ups with the best of them. She found CrossFit and weightlifting in her late 20s after four years of serving in the Marines. Today, she's a national-level weightlifter and has her own business as a nutrition coach. Think it's too late for you to try picking up a barbell? She says it best herself: "I was 28 years old when I finally found my calling; it's never too late to go after it."

Photo: @lil_riki_ Instagram

Kristin Pope

This 27-year-old 63kg weightlifter is an Atlanta native and remains a true Southern belle—she's known for wearing bows in her hair. Kristin Pope started weightlifting in 2014 after doing CrossFit for a year, but before that, she was a competitive gymnast and a competitive all-star cheerleader. Today she crushes 101kg (222lb) clean and jerks and 82kg (180lb) snatches. Barbells and bows, what could be better?

Photo: @kris10pope Instagram

Erin Amos

"Epic Erin" aka Erin Amos aka "Big Daddy" has an impressive collection of titles (and nicknames apparently) already. At just 17 years old, she's a national champ in Judo, former top-ranked Brazilian jujitsu competitor, three-time Youth National Champion in weightlifting, two-time Junior National Champion in weightlifting, and has set every American record for her division in her first-ever Olympic weightlifting meet—whew. Wondering who's headed to the Olympics in 2020? A lot of people are betting on this girl. Need even more reason to follow her? Well, she's hilarious. Just check out her quirky selfies and other shenanigans.

Photo: @epic_erinn Instagram

Camille Brown

After an injury and other life events sidelined her for 18 months, Camille Brown is back in the competitive game, setting lifetime PRs of 75kg (165lb) for the snatch and a 95kg (209lb) for the clean and jerk—all at a 62kg body weight. Her hefty Instagram following is proof of her bright spirit and lifting knowledge. (She even has a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and a USA Weightlifting certification to prove it.)

Photo: @camilla4wildcat Instagram