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The journey of a Mormon Olympic weightlifter

by | May 17, 2012

Saints & Sports

“Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things.” – Alma 26:12

Moments before attempting to lift a new personal best and qualify for the U.S. Olympic women’s weightlifting team on March 4, Sarah Robles offered one of the most meaningful prayers of her life.

“Heavenly Father, I really need this lift to be on the Olympic team. Please give me the courage and strength I need to lift it,” the 23-year-old petitioned in her heart.

The total weight on the bar measured 144 kilograms (316 pounds), and as Robles heaved upward, she immediately thought, “There is no way.” Across the room, her coach and friend feared Robles would lose the bar.

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