|Soccer to Weightlifting|
MOSCOW, Idaho – Soccer standout Reagan Quigley took no time off after wrapping up her senior season last November. After helping lead the Vandals to their best season in program history, Quigley quickly set her sights on a new venture: Olympic Weightlifting.
WHAT ARE YOU UP TO THESE DAYS?
“I’ve been living it up since graduation! Spent a lot of time with family and friends hiking, fishing and relaxing -- even took a trip to Vegas with some of my teammates. Next week I’ll be moving up to Seattle to start my “Big Girl Job” at Boeing. I had an awesome experience interning with them last summer, so I am very grateful they are having me back. There are so many opportunities to work on big projects and collaborate with a wide range of people from all over the world. I am looking forward to digging in and absorbing as much as I can.”
WHAT ARE YOU UP TO ATHLETICALLY?
“I’ve actually gotten into Olympic Weightlifting pretty seriously since season ended. Last Fall I knew I would need something to fill the huge void left by finishing soccer, and I naturally fell into lifting since I had so much fun with it as an athlete. Both Miles and Isaac spent an incredible amount of time coaching me up and getting me prepared for competition, and with their guidance I have been able to do very well in the sport in a short period of time.
“Now that I am in Seattle, I have gotten the opportunity to be coached by Rob Arroyo, who is a five-time USAW Masters National Champion, and I am lifting under the nationally-renowned club East Coast Gold, so it has been a great opportunity for me to grow and develop as a lifter (although Miles and Isaac will always be my OGs!)”
WHY OLYMPIC WEIGHTLIFTING?
“Like I said earlier, I really enjoyed weightlifting as a part of our training regimen for soccer, so it just felt right to get into it full-time. Just like soccer, weightlifting requires a lot of determination, focus and mental toughness, and being an individual sport it is extremely satisfying to see all of your work translate into improvements. Plus, the weightlifting community is full of friendly, passionate people from all over the world. Lifters celebrate their peers’ successes no matter how well you do -- so in all it is a very empowering sport.”
WHAT’S THE TRAINING LIKE?
“This summer before work I have been training six times a week, with double days on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Once I start work I will move down to just four-to-five times a week without double days.
“Olympic lifting is a very technical sport. Training consists of our competition lifts (Snatch/Clean and Jerk), and a bunch of auxiliary lifts like squats, pulls and arms to increase strength and improve form. Sometimes you have to do reps over and over again to get it right and that takes a lot of mental toughness. I like to approach my lifts and training with a positive attitude and a smile. I’ve found it’s a skill that translates well into real life and it really helps to keep me going!”
HAVE YOU COMPETED/WHERE ARE YOU COMPETING NEXT?
“In the past five months I’ve been lifting I have competed in two meets, both in Washington. Since then, I have qualified for University Nationals this coming September in Baton Rouge, La., and am only 5kg away from qualifying for the American Open in Orlando, Fla. These meets will give me experience competing against the best female lifters in the nation and bring me closer to my dreams of one day competing for Team USA (#goals).”
HOW DID YOU TRANSLATE YOUR SOCCER CAREER INTO OLYMPIC WEIGHTLIFTING?
“It’s kind of funny because our three team pillars “Whatever it Takes”, “Hustle & Heart” and “Ohana” have translated almost seamlessly into my weightlifting career. These three values were so critical to the success of our team and have absolutely become a huge part of who I am today and my ability to have success on and off the platform. I am so grateful to have learned so much from our team and coaches, as each one expresses these values in many different ways. If you haven’t checked out the video trilogy yet I really suggest it -- our team rocks!”
WHAT DID YOUR TIME AT IDAHO MEAN TO YOU?
“Too much to put into words! But to put it simply: Idaho helped me become a strong woman ready to make a positive impact in the world. I am so very lucky to have been a Vandal.”
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