The American Open is the second highest national event regularly conducted by USA Weightlifting. Like all national level events in any sport it should provide an opportunity to focus attention on the very best athletes in the sport. For many weightlifters it is a final opportunity to improve year-end national rankings in a drug tested event, and thus put them a step closer to qualifying for future international events, residency opportunities at the Olympic Training Center, record setting opportunities and financial recompense.
There is such a thing as a best bodyweight for weightlifting. It is a fairly specific number that will vary from time to time in a lifter’s history.
At that best bodyweight the lifter will achieve the highest total possible for the athlete’s stage of training. The snatch will be approximately 80% of the clean & jerk.