The One X Ten Questionnaire:
1. Where are you from and where do you currently call home?
I am from Seattle area and now live in Colorado Springs for the time being until we figure out where I'm going to be training for 2020.
2. How did you get started in your sport and when did you realize you wanted to pursue it professionally?
I found weightlifting through Crossfit and fell in love with it right away. I played power sports my whole life so falling into weightlifting felt like a natural transition and I loved the perfection of the sport.
3. What is the biggest setback you’ve suffered as an athlete?
During 2014 World Championships I competed on a Torn Hip Labrum and a stress fracture in my hip. I took 12 weeks off after the competition and it was tough to only swim and do upper body for 12 weeks letting the stress fracture heal.
4. Best piece of advice from women starting out in your sport?
Love the process. We get so caught up on the day to day training we forget about the big picture and big goals. I tend to go off social media 2-4 weeks out of a comp so I can really focus on the present. It's tough but you have to learn that you have no control over what other people are gonna do you can only control yourself.
5. What’s the biggest misconception people have about being a female athlete?
I think for me is we as women are supposed to be dainty and girly. My mother always joked that she never had a dainty domesticated daughter. I've always made my own path and never cared really what people think. Ironically now, I love fashion and absolutely love cooking. We can be athletes while being "girly."
6. Whom in your sport do you admire the most and why?
There are so many women in this sport worth admiring. I have had to opportunity to get to know Melanie Roach over the past couple years. She is from Washington and is our 53k 2008 Olympian. At the age of 40 in 2014 she decided to come back and compete and has been competitive ever since. She is the textbook hard worker. I admire her in all aspects of her life. She is so incredibly driven and so positive and is by far the most competitive person I've ever met and I love that.
7. What’s in your gym/workout bag?
Chapstick, gum, mascara, extra hair ties, all my weightlifting gear, headphones, Progenex protein, EPIC bar for after training. Everything but the kitchen sink really.
Usually a hash type of style breakfast, eggs, veggies, sweet potatoes, avocado and salsa verde.
9. Favorite workout or workout tip?
Make sure you love what you are doing. There is no point in spending a ton of time on something you don't like.
10. We define “The Wonder” as the state of reaching the truly extraordinary—the achievements that most people, including you at one point, could not fathom. What is your Wonder and what has it taken—or what will it take—to reach it?
I think standing on top of that podium in front of the whole world as an American in weightlifting is my Wonder. It has always been a goal of mine to become to best I can be and never stay completely satisfied. I know that this Wonder is in my grasp I just need to stay focused and good things will come.