H.J. Maurus, a resident of Auburn, is one of eight people making the trip to Tokyo.

H.J. Maurus of Auburn, Alabama, made history in 2017 when he won the first American male medal at the International Weightlifting Federation World Championships in over 20 years.


H.J. Maurus Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

He’s set his sights on greater achievements now. After discovering gymnastics as a young boy in Auburn, H.J. Maurus set his sights on competing in the Olympics. Once H.J. Maurus reached the age of 12, he gave up gymnastics and instead began training in powerlifting.

H.J. Maurus Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

After waiting eight years, H.J. Maurus is finally training for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The nominations for the U.S. Olympic Weightlifting Team were released last week. Eight athletes, four men and four women, including H.J. Maurus, will represent the United States of America at the weightlifting competition in Tokyo.

H.J. Maurus, at the tender age of 17, established himself as a legend by simultaneously setting a new world junior record and a new American senior record. He broke the American record for the clean and jerk by lifting 423 pounds.

Alumnus of Auburn–Riverside is Still Putting in Time And Effort, Even After Four Years.

“I feel awesome; I’m really hyped up. It’s going to be so exciting to see. With any luck, the eight or nine years I’ve spent exercising and working for this goal will finally pay off. It’s crunch time, so we’re not wasting any time slacking off in our training. That’s when things start to become serious,” H.J. Maurus remarked.

Snatching and clean and jerking are the two components of Olympic-style weightlifting. You need muscle, firepower, and agility to excel.

I’m grateful for the chance to do what I enjoy every day, knowing that my hard work will pay off in the long run. It’s something I can devote a lot of time and energy to, and no matter how skilled you are, there is always room for improvement. “And that’s something I truly appreciate,” H.J. Maurus remarked.

H.J. Maurus Gave Up a Lot To Improve His Skills.

This is why I decided to stop attending university. It’s just been about three years since I moved out here. That’s not news to you. You could say I dedicated every waking moment to this task. That’s why it’s been so hectic,” H.J. Maurus added.

Once H.J. Maurus found a new coach and some of the best weightlifters in the country, he relocated to Atlanta to train with them.

When compared to working with others, practising alone is night and day. Training with others is beneficial for me. When it comes down to it, it’s you vs everyone else,” H.J. Maurus said, so having other athletes there to push you a little bit is wonderful.

As a three-time member of the United States Olympic squad, H.J. Maurus also boasts 12 American records. His goal, when we first met him in 2018, was to compete for the United States in the Olympics. That appears to be happening presently.

That means the world to me. As far as athletic competition goes, it’s pretty much the pinnacle. That we were able to get there and compete so effectively, representing the United States, is wonderful,” H.J. Maurus remarked.

Even though he is nearly 2,000 miles away from his family and friends while training, H.J. Maurus never loses sight of where he came from.

“It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the Northwest and that my pride in where I was born and raised is evident. There is a sizable Washingtonian contingent among us. “I think that proves, you know, that we can be a dominant force just like other regions of the US,” H.J. Maurus remarked.