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2012 Heavy Medal London
Posted at 07:55 PM ET, 07/10/2012

London 2012 Olympics: U.S. weightlifter Holley Mangold steps into the spotlight

As the younger sister of an NFL center and a former lineman on her high school football team, Holley Mangold knows how to deal with added attention. But this summer the 22-year-old weightlifter will have the spotlight to herself when she represents the United States in the superheavyweight division at the London Olympics.

Mangold qualified for the Olympics back in early March when she won the clean-and-jerk competition by lifting 319 pounds, and finished second in the two-hand snatch event with a 242-pound lift. Originally, Mangold was thought of to be a likely candidate for the 2016 games, but adding 70 pounds to her lifts over the past year has helped her earn a spot in London.

Before her Olympic qualification, Mangold made headlines for being the sister of New York Jets Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold. While Holley stands 5-foot-8 and weighs 370 pounds, her brother is 6-foot-4 and weighs in at 307. Mangold’s 319-pound clean and jerk is supposedly 12 pounds heavier than her brother’s best mark, but Nick maintains that he can lift more than his sister.

Holley Mangold, a Dayton, Ohio native, left school and a track and field scholarship at all-girls Ursuline College outside of Cleveland to pursue her dream of Olympic weightlifting glory.

“As an older brother, you love to see your siblings do great things and this is something she tried to do and was successful at it and it’s a great thing to see,” Nick Mangold told the Associated Press. “There are people who have been training their whole lives for this opportunity and she’s been doing it for two years.”

Holley Mangold’s size is an attention grabber and she was featured on MTV’s “True Life” series in an episode entitled “I’m a Big Girl”. She also played along the offensive line in the state championship game in high school.

“I feel like women weightlifters try to be too feminine just to show that they’re still feminine,” Mangold said. “I don’t do that. I try to have a nice balance. But I haven’t really had any problems. People usually don’t say anything to your face because they’re intimidated that you can out-lift them.”

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By Dillon Mullan  |  07:55 PM ET, 07/10/2012

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