Brandon Penny Obituary, Death – The passing of Brandon Penny, who served as the Director of Communications and Content for USA Weightlifting, has been confirmed by the organization, which expresses its deepest condolences. Despite the fact that Brandon only started working for USA Weightlifting in the year 2020, he has been an avid fan of the sport for a significant amount of time thanks to his former employment with the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC). Brandon immediately established himself as a valuable team member and friend to his coworkers as well as the athletes whose stories he liked to share.
He also became a friend to the athletes. The 2019 IWF Youth World Championships were held in Las Vegas, while the 2019 IWF World Championships were held in Pattaya, Thailand. Covering Team USA weightlifters at both of these events was two of his first jobs. Throughout the time in between these two competitions, Brandon spent several weeks with Team USA athletes and staff members, documenting the team’s journey and the individual experiences of its members.It was clear that Brandon cared deeply about the Olympic and Paralympic movements as well as the athletes he had the privilege of working with.
His enthusiasm, devotion, and commitment shone through in all that he did. He went out of his way to ensure that each press release, story, and interview he performed was of the greatest possible quality and that the athlete was the primary center of the conversation at all times. Brandon was a tremendous force behind the scenes, working diligently to make sure that every athlete was given a platform to tell their own unique narrative. He was someone who avoided being in the spotlight for himself because he didn’t like being in the spotlight. Prior to his time spent with USA Weightlifting, Brandon was a communications expert in the field of Olympic and Paralympic Sports who had a high level of respect and was well-known within the industry.
2010, he began his career in the Olympic and Paralympic movement by working as an Intern for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee. Soon after he finished his internship, the US Office of Personnel Management employed him to work as the Manager of Content Development and Digital Media from 2012-2018, and then they promoted him to Managing Editor. Brandon was responsible for the United States Olympic Committee’s (USOPC) digital media presence and served as a Press Officer for a number of different sports throughout his attendance at many Summer and Winter Olympic Games.
Brandon will be sorely missed by his peers in the weightlifting community. We are grateful to him for his contributions, and we are also thankful for the opportunity to spend time with him. We are committed to upholding the high standards of excellence that Brandon established for USA Weightlifting, which is more important now as we are working to convey athlete tales that are captivating despite the absence of Brandon’s voice. We want the family and loved ones of Brandon to know that we are very sorry for their loss and that we respect their need for privacy during this difficult tim