SLC CROSSFIT AT THE 2014 AMERICAN OPEN
We've got a big weekend coming up! Three of our Salt Lake City CrossFit lifters have qualified for the 2014 American Open Championships this weekend in Washington DC. If you know nothing about it, just know that it's a pretty big honor to be there. All of our lifters have qualified for the A session, which is also kind of a big deal. You can follow all the action by following this link http://www.teamusa.org/usa-weightlifting/live
Shantai Dickerson hitting a 240lb clean
SHANTAI DICKERSONOur first lifter up this weekend will be Shantai Dickerson. You may recognize her from the gym as the pocket size, heavy lifting baby's mama. Shantai will be competing as a 53kg lifter. For all you American's, like me that don't speak kilo, that's 116 pounds. This will be her first meet competing at this weight. In her previous comps she competed as a 58kg/127# lifter. Shantai plans on opening with a 73kg/160# snatch and a 90kg/198# clean and jerk. If all goes well, her goal for this competition will be to hit 80kg/176# snatch and a 98kg/215# clean and jerk. You can catch her in the A session on Friday night at 5:30 pm.
Here is Jake hitting a 110kg/242# snatch
JAKE DICKERSONIf you attend our morning classes then you no doubt will recognize this guy as the one who serves you your morning cup of pain. Jake Dickerson will be competing second with a start time on Saturday at 1:30 pm Eastern time. This will be his third national meet. Jake will be competing as a 69kg/151# lifter in the A session. Heading in to this competition, Jake has already hit his first goal, which was to qualify for the A session. This was a big jump from his previous national meets where he has previously competed in the C sessions. Although he's very happy simply to have qualified for this meet his goal is to finish in the top 7. Jake plans to open his snatch at 105kg/231# and his clean and jerk at 131kg/288#. If all goes well Jake hopes to hit his goal for the meet with a snatch of 114kg/250# and a clean and jerk of 143kg/315#.
Cassidy Duffield with a 205 snatch
CASSIDY DUFFIELDOur last lifter for the weekend will be Cassidy Duffield. Cassidy is the 2014 69k National Champion. She will be competing again in the 69kg/151# weight class. If you know Cassidy, you know how many Swedish Fish this girl consumes in a day. Feel free to hate her for being able to do so and maintain that amazing physique. Rumor has it, they are the secret behind her strength. Cassidy is also one of the only active CrossFitters to qualify for the American Open. To be able to compete at such a high level in both sports is a testament to her athletic ability. If you want to catch Cassidy's on the platform this weekend, her start time is on Saturday at 4:00 pm. Cassidy is looking to open with a 190 snatch and a 230 clean and jerk. If all goes according to plan she will hit 210 on her snatch and 255 on her clean and jerk.
Good luck to all our athletes this weekend!