Weightlifter Spotlight: Jessica Gee
5th in a series of weightlifter spotlights, to help our continually growing community, get to know one another outside of "What do you snatch and clean & jerk?". Hoping that these stories brings us closer together as a community of people who share a common obsession with the sport.
Today's spotlight shines down over Eugene, Oregon on a long time competitive lifter and coach Jessica Gee.
Back in 2010 coaching resources were scarce in, at the time, unknown sport of weightlifting. I would drive to Creswell Oregon to train with Tom Hirtz and his Hvy Athletics group every Friday and Saturday for some quality coaching and comradely with others. One of his lifters, at the time, was Jessica Gee. The moment I met Jess I was immediately intimidated. She was this fierce and aggressive personality on the platform but turned out to be one of the kindest, genuine and most giving people the minute she stepped off.
She has dedicated herself to the sport for the better half of the last 10 years as a senior 63kg national caliber weightlifter and is the head coach of Gee Strength weightlifting club out of Eugene, Oregon.
Everyone, meet Jess...
- How long have you been weightlifting for? About 12 years
- Your personal mantra? Remember to enjoy it
- How many days a week do you train? 5
- Who does all your programming? Max Aita
- Who do you train with? Mostly alone. A little bit with my other half
- How did you get started in weightlifting? One of the weightlifters at the gym I went to encouraged my brother to try it (I had thought it looked SO cool, but had no clue what to do to get into it) I forced myself into the "try out" and never left :)
- What are your best competition lifts or training lifts if you choose not to compete? 81kg snatch & 100kg CJ
- Do you compete and if so why? Yes. There is driving force inside me that demands it
- What is your biggest accomplishment in weightlifting? American Open Bronze medal. Oh and lifting at nationals in soccer shoes
- What would you say is most important to you in your success? Mindset
- What would you say is your biggest hurdle in weightlifting? Mindset
- What would you say is your biggest asset in weightlifting? Efficiency. I'm not that strong
- Whats your favorite post workout recovery meal or snack? When mangos are in season, the best! Otherwise a banana and chocolate protein shake
- What’s your favorite jam to listen to when you train? I go through fazes but always Rob Zombie
- Tell us something that no ones knows about you as a weightlifter? I adopted the dive clean to try to be like Yuri Zakharevich-he's my hero (I also bought socks like him-but not the singlet)