February 18, 2024

The Road to Team USA: Stepping onto the World Stage

Picture this: you’re surrounded by athletes from all over the world, each one a powerhouse in their own right. You’re wearing your Team USA singlet, standing tall, ready to show the world what you’re made of. It’s not just about the lifts you make; it’s about the camaraderie, the unity, and the shared sense of purpose that comes with being part of something bigger than yourself.

Representing Team USA in the United States Powerlifting Association is a lot like that. Making the team and stepping onto the world stage with your country’s flag waving proudly behind you – it’s a pretty cool experience.

But the journey to get there is no walk in the park. It takes sweat, sacrifice, and countless hours of training to earn a spot on the team. But when you finally do, it’s like all those early mornings and late nights were worth it. You’re not just an athlete anymore; you’re an ambassador for your country, inspiring others with your passion and dedication.

Making the Team

Team USA is comprised of a diverse lineup of 12 Open Raw full power lifters and 12 Masters lifters. These athletes aren’t just names on a roster; they’re everyday individuals who’ve poured their hearts and souls into perfecting their craft. With an equal split between men and women, Team USA showcases the inclusive nature of powerlifting, welcoming athletes from all walks of life.

Now, getting a spot on Team USA isn’t about who you know or where you come from. It’s all about what you bring to the table. Athletes train day in and day out, pushing themselves to the limit to earn a spot among the top 12 in their category, determined by their DOTS or McCullough scores. 

Team USA is only chosen from Drug Tested Nationals and Nationals to compete in IPL Drug Tested Worlds and IPL Worlds, respectively. And for those passionate about Classic Raw, there’s an opportunity to shine, provided they bring their A-game to the platform.

But here’s the thing – life doesn’t always go as planned.

Sometimes, despite all the hard work and dedication, athletes find themselves unable to accept their spot on Team USA. And that’s where the next in line steps up to the plate. These athletes, identified based on their DOTS or McCullough scores, are given the chance to step onto the platform and represent their country with pride.

Now, let’s talk perks.

Being a part of Team USA isn’t just about the honor of representing the USPA on the platform – although that’s a pretty nice perk too. It also comes with waived registration fees, travel stipends, a dedicated Team USA elite powerlifting coach, team dinners, and custom Team USA singlets. It’s about feeling recognized and appreciated for all the blood, sweat, and tears that go into being a top-level powerlifting athlete.

Supporting Team USA Through the Recommended Equipment List

As Team USA athletes chase their dreams, the USPA relies on the support of gear vendors to play a crucial role in supporting their journey. Joining the USPA Recommended Equipment list is a way for companies to not only gain exposure but also contribute to the sponsorship of Team USA members.

Because of this support, the USPA has been able to send athletes all over the world to places like Germany, England, and Australia to compete on the international stage. Your continued support as a vendor helps make these opportunities possible for our athletes, allowing them to showcase their talent and represent the USA with pride on the global platform.

Ready to support Team USA? Learn more about how you can join the USPA Recommended Equipment list here.

As we celebrate the achievements of Team USA, let’s remember that powerlifting is more than just a sport – it’s a community, a family. Whether you’re a seasoned competitor or just someone who loves hitting the gym, the spirit of powerlifting unites us all.

So let’s come together and cheer on these extraordinary athletes as they inspire us with their resilience, determination, and unwavering commitment to excellence.

You can support Team USA at the following IPL events in 2024:

2024 IPL World Championship, November 1-3, 2024; Athens, Greece
2024 Drug Tested IPL North American Championship, November 8-9, 2024; Charleston, SC
2024 IPL North American Championship, November 10, 2024; Charleston, SC
2024 Drug Tested IPL World Championship, November 14-17, 2024; Las Vegas, NV


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