World’s best weightlifters raise the bar in Houston this weekend

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HOUSTON, TX - Ready to pump some iron this weekend?  Well, if you're not, how about checking out the world's top weightlifters at the George R. Brown Convention Center?

There will  be 745 competitors from more than 113 countries in town for the 2015 International Weightlifting Federation World Championships.

"This is the first time this world championships has been in the United States in over 38 years," Team USA weightlifter Derrick Johnson said. "People that we see lift here will be in the 2016 Olympics."

At 30 years old, Johnson knows these chances to help his qualification for a spot on the US Olympic team are crucial.

"It's like being at the Super Bowl or in the NBA playoffs. Even if you're this competitive, it's going to raise it a little bit more. When I walk onto that platform in two days, I'm putting it all on the line."

Opening ceremonies on Thursday at 7:30 PM are free to the public.  The event runs from November 20-28 with each day highlighting a theme to honor American heroes, local charities, the Olympics and international cultures. For ticket information, click here.


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