August 13, 2007
MARQUETTE—Four members of the United States Olympic Education Center weightlifting team will travel to Lima, Peru, to compete in the World University Weightlifting Championships to be held Aug. 9-12.
Northern Michigan University graduate Rachel Hearn of Savannah, Ga., will compete as a USOEC resident athlete for the last time.
“I am honored to lift for the USOEC and I hope to represent it well,” said Hearn, who will compete at 75+ kilograms. “I want to make the USOEC proud in my last competition as a resident athlete here.”
Following the competition, she plans to train at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., until Olympic Trials.
Hearn will be joined by teammates Collin Ito (Vista, Calif.) at 105 kg+, Paul Roberts (Bartow, Fla.) at 85 kg and Justin Brimhall (Miami, Fla.) at 77 kg.
“We [Team USA] have won the World Team men’s and women’s title [in past competitions],” said Hearn. “We’re hoping to place in the top three and set some personal records.”