Dallas To Host 2015 USA Weightlifting National Championships

DALLAS - (November 6, 2014) - The best weightlifters in the United States will be coming to Dallas as USA Weightlifting and the Dallas Sports Commission announced today that the 2015 USA Weightlifting National Championships will be held in August 13-16 at the Hilton Anatole.

The premier annual weightlifting event of the year in the United States, the National Championships will attract the very top weightlifters in the United States. Approximately 225 athletes and 150 coaches will be participating in the event.

"2015 marks an exciting year for weightlifting in Texas, with the World Championships coming to Houston it is fitting that we take the premiere domestic weightlifting event of the year to the Lone Star State," said Michael Massik, CEO of USA Weightlifting. "This event will be an important landmark for both our athletes and the organization as we celebrate our National Champions and prepare for the World Championships."

The 2015 Nationals will serve as the primary qualifier for the 2015 World Championships that will be held in Houston in November, 2015. The Worlds in Houston will be the Olympic Qualification event for the 2016 Olympics. The 2016 Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August, 2016.

"We're very excited to host USA Weightlifting for their 2015 National Championships", said Monica Paul, Executive Director of the Dallas Sports Commission. "We look forward to bringing more U.S. National Championship and Olympic-type events to Dallas."

USA Weightlifting will be returning to Dallas for the second time in three years as the 2013 American Open was held in downtown Dallas.

The 2105 USA Weightlifting National Championships will be hosted by Spoon Barbell and the North Texas LWC. Hotel, event timing and ticket information will be announced at a later date.