Sarah Robles won the first Olympic medal for weightlifting for the United States in 16 years and she calls Friendswood home.
Originally from California, Robles, 28, now lives in Friendswood and trains six days a week. She also is a volunteer coach for League City’s Team Houston Weightlifting Club.
In Rio, she won the bronze medal for third place in the +75 kg. She is one of only three US female weightlifters to win an Olympic medal. Tara Nott won gold in 2000 and Cheryl Haworth won the bronze in 2000.
Robles is being reported as the strongest woman in America. In Rio, between two of her lifts, she lifted 630 pounds.
Originally training and competing in discus throwing, she dropped that sport for weightlifting in 2010.
She has been successful in this area with four national and two university championships, silver medals in the 2008 Junior World Championship and the 2010 Pan American Games, and the 2015 Russian Federation President’s Cup.
For the future, Robles wants to complete university studies in applied physical education to become a sports trainer.
This is her second Olympics competition. She placed seventh in weightlifting in London in 2012.
Story by Karolyn Gephart