The Overlooked Olympian


Jessica Testa profiles America's strongest women, who can barely pay her rent:

On her best day, [Sarah Robles] can lift more than 568 pounds — that’s roughly five IKEA couches, 65 gallons of milk, or one large adult male lion. … [She] is an incredible athlete, but outside the world of squats and snatches, barely anyone knows her name. And even though she's the U.S.’s best chance at an Olympic medal, she'll never get the fame or fortune that come so easily to her fellow athletes — in part because, at 5 feet, 10.5 inches and 275 pounds, she doesn't fit the ideal of thin, toned athletic beauty

(Photo: Sarah Robles of the US Olympic Weightlifting team poses for pictures during a photo session during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 13, 2012 in Dallas,Texas. By Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images. Hat tip: Joe My God)