Smallest Lifter Has Big Impact On Team USA
At just five feet tall, Jourdan Delacruz is the smallest member of Team USA Weightlifting, but she is one of the most accomplished. The Buford, Georgia native is the first woman to hold three American records in two different weight classes (49kg and 55kg) simultaneously since 1994.
“I started in CrossFit but I was told I should be a weightlifter in 2014. I eventually got an invite to the U.S. Olympic training center in Colorado and just kept improving. I have a really cool life. I get to travel a lot and work out full-time. And I’ve met some amazing people and some of my closest friends. I’ve gotten a lot out of weightlifting for sure.”
Delacruz holds six youth American records and set an American record in the snatch and a Pan American record in the clean and jerk during the World Championships in Spain. The performance helped her secure a spot on the Olympic team.
“It means so much to me. I made a lot of sacrifices and put in a lot of work over the last six years, so it’s nice to see all the hard work pay off. I’m thrilled.”
Jourdan Delacruz and her Team USA teammates will have to wait a while to compete. The global pandemic forced Olympic officials to postpone the games in Tokyo to 2021. Another year of training should help her improve her chances and allow her to inspire even more little girls to get involved in weightlifting.