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Wylie native prepares to achieve Olympic dream

by | Jun 2, 2021 | Sports

When Jourdan Delacruz moved from Wylie to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center after her sophomore year of high school, it was all to realize a dream.

Now in 2021, she’s realizing it fully, qualifying for Team USA to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in weightlifting. Delacruz spent her first two years at Wylie East High School before moving to Colorado Springs and finishing her schooling online while training with Team USA.

“It was super nerve-racking at first,” Delacruz said. “I was moving 12 hours away from home, living by myself, switching to an online school. It was a lot of change but it was necessary for me and my career.”

Delacruz’s commitment to the sport of weightlifting now has her competing in the Olympics. She’s currently ranked sixth in the world in the International Weightlifting Federation’s ranking for competitors in the 49 kg/108lb weight class. Traditionally, the top eight weightlifters per class qualify for the Olympics.

“It means so much to me with all of the years of work, all the support I’ve gotten and the sacrifices I’ve made to get to this point,” Delacruz said. “It’s always an honor to represent Team USA.”

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