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Weightlifting athlete John McGovern headshot.John McGovern of Pensacola, Fla., is in his second year as a resident athlete in the weightlifting program and competes in the 85- kilogram weight class. A sophomore at Northern Michigan University, McGovern is a biochemistry/ pre-medicine major. Last semester, he earned a 3.65 grade point average, earning a position on the United State Olympic Education Center All-Academic Team.

McGovern recently earned a silver medal at the National University Championships in Johnson City, Tenn. 

(April 5 – 7).  He lifted 135 kg in the snatch and 172 kg in the clean and jerk for a 307 kg total, breaking his personal best record by 16 kg.

McGovern’s future goals are competing in the 2016 Olympics and completing medical school.


Weightlifting athlete John McGovern holding weighted bar overhead

Lifting during an event in the Superior Dome.

Weightlifting athlete in gym preparing to lift

Video of McGovern lifting at practice.