Holley Mangold went from an Internet sensation to a legitimate contender for the 2012 Olympic weightlifting team.
Mangold, the younger sister of New York Jets center Nick Mangold, played high school football at Archbishop Alter High School in Ohio. Instead of trying to pursue football in college, Holley, who tips in at 300 pounds, switched sports after her coach noticed how much she could lift.
She will be featured Thursday on MTV’s True Life: I’m The Big Girl, which documents her weight loss and her pursuit of the Olympics. SportsNewser spoke to Holley about following in her brother’s footsteps in high school and dealing with Internet bullies.
SportsNewser: What inspired you to get into weightlifting?
Holley Mangold: I think it started from me first playing football. I was in the weight room one day and my coach said I was pretty strong for a girl. I started off doing power lifting and switched over to weight lifting.
How is training going for the 2012 Olympics?
Training is going great. I did have surgery about four months ago, but two months after that surgery, I went and competed and was back up to the weight I was doing before. Right now I’m hitting numbers that I’ve never hit before. It’s going really good.
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