Morghan Whitney King

Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Dean Kruse
Residence
Seattle, WA, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
English
Higher education
Graphic Design - Notre Dame de Namur University : Belmont, CA, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She got involved in the sport in 2012 in Seattle, WA, United States of America, and began competing the following year.
Why this sport?
"I've always been competitive so that was the draw. Every day I went in, I could beat people. When weightlifting came around, it was literally just me and the bar."
Club / Team
Power and Grace Performance: United States
Name of coach
Dean Kruse [partner]; Spencer Arnold [personal], USA
International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
United States
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Poland
General Interest
Most influential person in career
Her partner Dean Kruse. (lululemon.co.uk, 07 Jul 2016)
Injuries
She struggled with a hip injury in the lead-up to the 2015 World Championships in Houston, TX, United States of America. The problem prevented her from practising squats in training. (kingmorghan.com, 27 Nov 2017)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She meditates prior to competition. "Learning to control what's going on in your own mind and letting go of the things out of your control can help so much with performance." (iwf.net, 25 Sep 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you put the work in, the results will come." (reebok.com, 01 May 2017)
Other sports
After high school she received a scholarship to play National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] Division II football at Notre Dame de Namur University in the San Francisco Bay area. (pendlay.com, 01 Jan 2014; nutriforcesports.com, 01 Jul 2013)
Famous relatives
Her partner Dean Kruse has served as her coach. (iwf.net, 02 May 2019)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (olympic.org, 01 Mar 2019)
Other information
BODY POSITIVITY
She believes that weightlifting promotes a positive body image and can help improve mental health in women. "Strength sports have kind of got a bad reputation, like, 'We're bodybuilders, and we're going to get really big'. But it's not like that at all, and I think with the reach that we're starting to get we're going to be able to inspire more young girls. For me, there's something about touching that iron. When you touch it there's incredible power that you feel; not only what you're projecting on the outside, but on the inside. You feel as if you can do anything. I think that is just an incredible feeling, and I hope that women will start to see that." (iwf.net, 16 May 2019, olympic.org, 01 Mar 2019)

LATE STARTER
She began weightlifting at age 26, having previously been involved in collegiate football, gymnastics, athletics and CrossFit. "I was fit, I felt good, but I was missing something. I wanted a real sport. I wanted to get stronger. I started exclusively Olympic lifting and there was something about it that just felt like everything was within my control. It was all on me. I tried 'real life' after I graduated college. I gave up my whole other life to pursue weightlifting for the dream of making the Olympics. Once I put my mind to something, I go after it 110%." (olympic.org, 05 Mar 2019; redbull.com, 24 Jul 2018; usatoday.com, 22 Jul 2016; elle.com, 09 Aug 2016)

RETIREMENT PLANS
She intends to retire from competitive weightlifting after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "Weightlifting is very stressful on relationships, and on life in general. Sometimes it can feel like you're constantly banging your head against a wall, because you're doing the same movements over and over, but that's why it's important to have that support system and somebody behind you. To prepare for my transition, I've been slowly going back to school to study sport psychology, because I've noticed that it's a really big thing that's not talked about that much in sport." (olympic.org, 01 Mar 2019)

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