HONOLULU, Hawaii (WAVY) — A ban on foreign spectators means most American athletes will compete at the Olympics without their families cheering them on in person. USA Weightlifting is getting creative to help ease that blow.
Imagine training for years to compete at the Olympics. After a postponement and dealing with a pandemic, you learn your family can’t be in Tokyo with you. USA weightlifting is getting families as close as they can, by setting up shop in Hawaii.
It’s been a long journey to Tokyo. Throughout it all, Kate Nye has shown up day after day.
“I had to really dig deep and just train anyway a lot of the days,” Nye said. She’s officially one of eight athletes representing USA Weightlifting at the Tokyo Olympics.
“It’s an honor and I’m just so excited that I can officially say I’ll be going to Tokyo and representing my country at the Olympic games,” Nye said.
However, her family, including her husband, can’t be with her in Tokyo because of a ban on foreign fans.
“We’ve just been through a lot and a lot of that, a lot of the reasons that we all made it through all of this are the people we have in our corner,” Nye said.
USA Weightlifting is trying to help, by creating a training center in the Aloha state.
“We’ve set up a base in Hawaii on Honolulu where our team, their loved…