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Weightlifters’ New Year’s Resolutions

We asked professional weightlifters from around the world what their 2019 New Year’s resolutions were. Here’s what they said…

Mohamed Ehab (EGY) in Ashgabat 2018

Mohamed Ehab (EGY) in Ashgabat 2018


Mohamed Ehab (EGY), 81kg 

“Achieve new world records and be the best weightlifter in the world.” 


Christine Girard (CAN), retired 

“Get more involved in the anti-doping movement both domestically and internationally.” 


Jessica Lucero (USA), 59kg 

“Go 6 for 6 in an international event and work on more consistency in my technique.” 


Rebeka Koha (LVA), 59kg 

“When every year comes, I aim to improve my results. I want to do everything at the same level as 2018 or better and earn my way into the Olympics.” 


Ianne Ernesto Vergara Guinares (NZ), retired 

“Grow weightlifting in the Netherlands.”


Fernando Reis (BRA) in Ashgabat 2018

Fernando Reis (BRA)

Fernando Reis (BRA), +109kg 

“Recover from my knee surgery for the first part of the year, then medal at the 2019 World Championships.”


Mike Cerbus (USA), retired 

“Continue to teach the Olympic lifts to as many people as possible.”


Sarah Davies (GBR), 71kg 

“Win medals at the European Senior Championships and continue to improve my rankings for Olympic qualification.”


Anais Michel (FRA), 49kg 

“Lift 82kg Snatch and 102 C&J at the next Euro or World Championship.” 


Yoichi Itokazu (JPN), 61kg 

“Lift 300kg total.”


Berny Bernardin (FRA), 69kg  

“Have my wife and son join me in Paris, win the European Championships, podium at the Worlds and achieve my PRs: 147kg snatch and 182kg C&J.” 


Luz Acosta (MEX), retired  

“Encourage boys and girls to start training into the sport, become closer with the IWF to start growing the sport in Mexico and improve the classification of national selection for a fair process in Mexico.” 


Mattie Rogers (USA) in Ashgabat 2018

Mattie Rogers (USA)

Mattie Rogers (USA), 71kg 

“Train SMART and give my absolute best every day.”


Hidilyn Diaz (PHI), 55kg 

“Lift 100 Snatch and 120 C&J in my next competition.” 


Adam Beytin (USA),  77kg (old bodyweight category) 

“Fully heal my back pain and surpass my old competition bests.”


Rachelle Bazinet (CAN), 55kg 

“Break the Canadian Snatch record at 55kg. Work on my mindset and listen closely to what my body needs to limit injuries.”


Rosane Reis (BRA), 55kg 

“Work on my technique.”


Arkadiusz Michalski (POL), 109kg  

“Get a Personal Best, especially in Snatch. I must correct my technique and build strength.”  


Carolina Valencia (MEX), 49kg 

“Correct my technique in the Clean and Jerk and to arrive with good points for 2019 Pan-American games and get a gold medal for my country. Give a good competition at the IWF World Championships and lift 6×6.”


Jared Fleming (USA), 94kg (old bodyweight category) 

“Snatch and C&J what I’m capable of. Enjoy every training session and enjoy competing again.”


Emily Godley (GBR), 69kg (old bodyweight category) 

“Try and keep as healthy as possible and to keep my body in one piece throughout training and competitions in 2019.”


Joanna Lochowska (POL), 55kg 

“Improve my personal records in the 55kg category and exceed my limit of 200kg in total.”


Loredana Toma (ROU), 64kg 

“Get the necessary results for Tokyo qualification, focus on World Championships, European Championships and 2 QUP. My initial goal is 112/133, but I will adjust if necessary.”


Jenny Arthur (USA), 82kg 

“Win a World Championship. Snatch 115+ and Clean and Jerk 145+.”


Mart Seim (EST)

Mart Seim (EST)

Mart Seim (EST), +109kg 

“Get good PRs in every main exercise and get rid of my back injury and remain injury free; by doing these I hope to win a medal again at Worlds.”


Gaelle Ketchanke (FRA), 76kg 

“Work even more to improve my technique and performances to get back to my best level. Win the European Championships, stay in the top 8 in the World and qualify directly for Tokyo.”


Sopita Tanasan (THA), 49kg 

“Do my best in all competitions.”


Chad Vaughn (USA), retired 

“Get back onto the competition platform a little more (Masters level). Working to go to US National Masters and then potential Worlds. Trying out 1 or 2 new weight classes, as it’s been a long time since I competed at anything other than 77kg.”


Jessien Bradley (USA), 69kg (old bodyweight category) 

“Be intentional with every single training session, focus on every single lift and recovery.”


Mönkhjantsangiin Ankhtsetseg (MNG), 69kg (old bodyweight category) 

“Compete and get a medal at the 2019 IWF World Championships.”  


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