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German Weightlifting Federation welcomes Team USA for training camp ahead of 2018 WWC

The German Weightlifting Federation graciously welcomed Team USA to their national training center Monday to begin a week-long training camp ahead of the 2018 IWF World Weightlifting Championships in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. 

Training camp is an opportunity for members of Team USA to bond and acclimate, an import aspect of any international competition, according to USA Weightlifting Technical Director, Pyrros Dimas.  

“The first goal is to feel like a team, that’s why we have the team together to train every day,” Dimas said. 

USA Weightlifting’s relationship with the German Federation was solidified in 2017, when Assistant Technical Director Mike Gattone and then High Performance Director, Lance Williams accepted an invitation to Leimen to learn more about the German training program. Since, German Coach Michael Vater attended USA Weightlifting’s inaugural Coaching Symposium in Chicago in June. Now the teams are training together for the first time. 

“I think we have a big opportunity when weightlifters from all over the world come together at training camps,” said German Coach David Kurch. “When we go to the USA or the USA comes to us, it’s great for the weightlifting family.” 

It’s a family that’s always growing. Dimas says there’s always room for more in the international weightlifting community. 

“Weightlifting for me and for all is family,” he said. “International weightlifting is a big family. We feel that everywhere.” 

Team USA will travel to Ashgabat from Germany early next week. The 2018 IWF World Championships will be held from November 1-11th.


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