Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSapopkaChampionMattie RogersMedalsSummer OlympicsUSA Weightlifting Olympic teamWeightlifting Previous articleCity of Apopka to host July 4th Celebration, concert and fireworksNext articleCamp Wewa, Rock Springs Ridge deals still pending Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Photos courtesy of Lifting Life USA, and USA Weightlifting From Staff ReportsThe Summer Olympics start on July 23rd and for one Apopka resident, this is the day she’s been waiting for.Mattie Rogers, a native of Apopka and University of Central Florida graduate, was among four women and four men selected to the USA Weightlifting Olympic team, which will compete in Tokyo this summer.Rogers, 25, is a two-time IMF World Championship silver medalist, the 2020 Pan-American champion, the FISU World University champion, and holds eight current American and two Pan American records. She also was the first American woman to medal at three consecutive world championships.Mattie Rogers“I’ve been working and trying for so long, and I was so close to the last Olympics,” Rogers said. “I sat in the stands and watched my session in Rio and that really fueled my fire. I’ve worked every day since towards this goal. To be named an Olympian is a dream come true.”Before weightlifting, Rogers competed in cheerleading and gymnastics. She began training in CrossFit when she was 17 years old. After one year, she competed in her first weightlifting meet. In 2014, she made her International Weightlifting Federation debut at the 2014 IWF Pan-American Junior Championships. She made her senior-level debut a year later at the 2015 World Championships where she finished 15th overall with a total of 226 kg.In 2016, Rogers narrowly missed qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics. She was awarded best overall lifter at the 2016 National Championships, and Olympic Trials, but did not qualify for the Olympic Games.