Weightlifting may have found its newest rising star in American Olivia Reeves.

This summer, the gold-medal contender in the women’s 71kg (157 lbs.) weight class, will join Mary Theisen-LappenJourdan DelacruzHampton Morris and Wes Kitts on a U.S. weightlifting squad that could very well break a 24-year Olympic gold-medal drought in the discipline and, possibly, win two or more medals in the sport for the first time since 1960.

In fact, Reeves’ emergence in the field was so swift it caused Olympian and Tokyo silver medalist Kate Vibert to move up a weight class in an attempt to increase her chances at clinching another Olympic bid.

Here are some things to know about Reeves ahead of her potentially history-making performance in Paris.

Athlete bio

How old is Olivia Reeves?

Olivia Reeves is 21 years old. She was born April 19, 2003.

Where is Olivia Reeves from?

Olivia Reeves was born in Lexington, Kentucky.

Where did Olivia Reeves grow up?

Olivia Reeves was raised in Hixson, Tennessee.

Who are Olivia Reeves’s parents?

Olivia Reeves was born to parents Jason and Amber.

Where did Olivia Reeves go to high school?

Olivia Reeves attended Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga.

Where does Olivia Reeves go to college?

Olivia Reeves is working toward a degree in sociology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Career highlights

When did Olivia Reeves start weightlifting?

Olivia Reeves started weightlifting around 12 years old, shortly after she began visiting the crossfit gym her parents owned. While she didn’t love all the training the facility offered, Reeves quickly took to the weights.

What records does Olivia Reeves hold?

At the 2024 IWF Weightlifting World Cup in Phuket, Thailand in April, Olivia Reeves won three gold medals and set as many American records, lifting a 118kg (260lbs) snatch and a 150kg (331lbs) clean and jerk for a total of 268kg (591lbs).

How many times has Olivia Reeves been in the Olympics?

Paris will be Olivia Reeves’ first Olympic appearance.

How many medals does Olivia Reeves have?

Over the last two years, Olivia Reeves has soared to the top of the professional weightlifting scene, earning two bronze medals (2023 Pan American Championships, 2023 World Championships) and two gold medals (2023 Pan American Games, 2024 IWF World Cup) on the international stage.

As a junior competitor, she also put up two silver-earning performances (2019 Youth World Games, 2022 Junior World Championships) and two gold-winning ones (2021 Junior Pan American Games, 2021 Junior World Championships).

The road to Paris

Who is Olivia Reeves’s coach?

Olivia Reeves has spent much of her career training under coach Steve Fauer, who will accompany her to the Olympics.

Where does Olivia Reeves train?

Olivia Reeves trains at Tennessee Speed and Strength, a gym owned by Fauer.

Has Olivia Reeves qualified for the Paris Olympics?

Olivia Reeves mathematically qualified for the Paris Olympics at the IWF Weightlifting World Cup, but her spot on the U.S. Olympic roster was confirmed in late May.

Which weight class will Olivia Reeves enter in Paris?

Olivia Reeves will compete in the women’s 71kg (157 lbs.) weight class in Paris.