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Maude Charron, the Olympic heavyweight champion hailing from Canada, has been selected as one of the six members representing her nation at the upcoming 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, scheduled to commence on October 20, 2023.

Charron, reigning Olympic champion in the 64 kg weight category, is one of three female athletes on the team, marking her second appearance at the Pan American Games following her fourth-place finish in Lima in 2019.

Charron made her Olympic debut in Tokyo 2020, winning gold in the women’s 64 kg weight category by lifting a total of 236 kg, leaving an indelible mark on the global stage.

Maude Charron
Maude Charron at the 2019 Pan American Games

Besides her Olympic success, Charron has excelled in lesser-known competitions, establishing herself as a top Canadian athlete. She secured gold at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, a popular event among English-speaking nations.


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Unfortunately, Charron’s familiar weight category, up to 64 kg, is absent from the Olympics. However, she remains undeterred, competing in the 59 kg category at Santiago 2023 and is expected to continue in this category at the Paris 2024 Games.

In 2023, Charron demonstrated her professionalism at the Pan American Championships held in Argentina, securing yet another gold medal in her newfound weight category with apparent ease.

Charron consistently emphasizes that major international competitions are her primary focus, reflecting her determination to achieve the highest honors attainable in the contemporary sports world.

Maude Charron at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Canada’s national team was assembled based on the athletes’ performance rankings from the previous season, resulting in the selection of six athletes, four of whom will compete at the upcoming Pan American Games.

Canada’s success in these competitions is evident through their athlete quotas. In the last two championships in Colombia and Ecuador, spanning two years, Canada has secured quotas for three female and three male athletes, setting the stage for potential gold medal wins this year.

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Tanya Shaiko

Author: Tanya Shaiko
News Editor, Olympic Lifting Enthusiast

Oly Lifting Experience: 6 years
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