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Freshman weightlifter dreams of competing in the Olympics

Published: Sunday, February 16, 2014

Updated: Sunday, February 16, 2014 23:02

Alexis LiCalsi an 18-year-old freshman \from New Port Richey, Fla., has been weightlifting since her sophomore year in high school.

“The athletic scholarships offered here made ETSU a great choice for me.” Not only can she grow as an athlete in the weightlifting program, but the scholarships make a college education more accessible.

What LiCalsi enjoys most about being a weightlifter at ETSU is the people who are involved in the weightlifting program. She said she is happy to have befriended her teammates, and to be working with the dedicated coaches and staff that help her grow as an athlete.

LiCalsi’s greatest accomplishment so far this season is placing first at the first weightlifting meet here at ETSU.

The weightlifting team traveled to Colorado in early February for the junior nationals competition: LiCalsi placed second.

As for her goals as the weightlifting season continues, she said, “I want to continue to get stronger as the season progresses. I also look forward to improving my lifts and seeing how much I can lift.”

And she has even bigger plans for her weightlifting career after her college weightlifting career. “Female weightlifters actually peak athletically later in life than in other sports,” she said.

Continuing her training and competing after college will bring her to her ultimate goal, “My dream is to weightlift for the American team in the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo.” That is an impressive goal, but with national titles already under her belt, LiCalsi is well on her way.


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