Team USA

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The USA Nationals Competition, held at Wilton Sports & Fitness, in Wilton, CT is the final event of the American Kettlebell Alliance competition year. Held under the AKA judging rules and open to all non-first-time competitors of all conferences, the USA Nationals is the single IUKL World Championship qualifying event.

As a lifter, you can expect to meet, in your peers, the best competitors the USA has to offer. As a spectator or student of kettlebell sport, you can expect to be delighted by the execution of seasoned professional-class athletes and even awestruck by the grit shown by determined amateurs.

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This year, the IUKL World Championship event will be held in Seoul, South Korea. It is imperative that Team USA’s athletes have your support and enthusiasm as they train. Team USA is still very young. But, as a team, we placed 3rd in Dublin in 2015 and 4th in Kazakhstan in 2016. We’re so proud of all the athletes who compete in kettlebell sport in the USA.

You are making this happen. We can’t wait to see you in August!

Here is a link for more information.

How Team USA is chosen:

Professional Lifts:

24kg Women’s snatch, OALC, Longcycle (exhibition/trial at the 2017 World’s)

32kg Men’s Biathlon and Longcycle

The first place winner in each weight class of a lift category at USA Nationals is invited to join Team USA. If that person declines, the second place winner become eligible, and the third place winner, etc. If no currently qualifying competitors can fill the spot on Team USA, AKA will consider a former Team USA member. Last, AKA may extend an invitation to a lifter of reputation to fill the open spot.

All former Team USA members must re-qualify for their team spots.

Amateur/Veteran Lifts:

16kg Women’s snatch, One Arm Long cycle, 2arm LC as exhibition/trial at the 2017 World’s

24kg Men’s Biathlon and Longcycle

16kg/12kg/8kg Women’s Veteran snatch, 35+

24kg/16kg/12kg Men’s Veteran Biathlon, Long cycle, 40+

The first and second and 3rd place winners in each weight class of an Amateur lift category at USA Nationals are invited to join Team USA. Careful consideration will be given to extending an invitation to Professional class lifters who have never competed internationally and who did not earn a spot on the Professional roster. (Professional lifters who *have* competed internationally must be aware of the consequences. Professional lifters who drop to Amateur class may *not* return to Professional class lifting in IUKL competition, per regulations. This has no effect on Veteran class lifting.) If no currently qualifying competitors can fill the spot on Team USA, AKA will consider a former Team USA member. Last, AKA may extend an invitation to a lifter of reputation to fill the open spot.

The first place winner in each 5-year incremental age category and weight class of a veteran lift category at USA Nationals is invited to join Team USA.

All former Team USA members must re-qualify for their team spots.

General:

To fill out Team USA with the most talented and dedicated lifters, AKA may ask Amateur/Veteran athletes for their consideration in changing weight classes. No lifter is forced to change weight class, however.

Athletes must compete at AKA Nationals with the competition weight bell in order to be considered for a spot on Team USA. For example, a male athlete competing with a 28kg bell does not earn a spot on the Amateur team ahead of those competing with the 24kg bell. This lifter will be considered as a lifter of reputation, and will receive an invitation after former Team USA members are considered.

By special consideration (and with sufficient documented reason,) AKA may consider the qualifying performance of an athlete from an AKA Regional Event for a spot on Team USA. These considerations are exceptions only. Athletes who do not compete at USA Nationals, should not expect a spot on Team USA.

Team USA
Team USA – 2016. October 26-30, 2016. Kazakhstan, Aktobe
Team USA – 2015
Team USA – 2015. November 26-29, 2015. Dublin, Ireland