Sarah Robles is ready. Ready to claim her spot on the podium at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Games in Rio mark Robles' second Olympics. Robles finished 7th at the London Olympic Games in 2012 with a total weight of 265kg; 120kg in the snatch snatch and 145kg in the clean and jerk.
2012 USA Weightlifting Olympic Team
"If I do the lifts I am capable of doing, I should come home with a medal," Robles told the Houston Chronicle. "If not, but if I do my absolute best at the highest international stage, how can I complain?"
But, Robles knows winning an Olympic medal isn't easy.
"At the last Games, I thought I could medal, but that was wishful thinking if I’m honest. This time, though, I think I could be in a legitimate position to medal," Robles said to her hometown newspaper, the Desert Sun, of Palm Springs, Calif.
Robles, who turned 28 on August 1st, wasn't initially a weightlifter. She used Olympic weightlifting in high school as a way to train and improve as a track and field athlete.
"Rich McClure was my throws coach at San Jacinto High School and he had me use the Olympic lifts as a way to improve my throwing," Robles said. "Rich had me compete in a couple of local meets in ‘04/'05, and I fell in love with it. In 2008 I met Joe Micela, got restarted in weightlifting and stopped throwing."
Robles has an impressive weightlifing resume, including a silver medal at the 2010 Pan American Championships and a 6th place finish at the 2015 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships in Houston, Texas. After the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Robles moved to Houston to finish her Olympic training.
Away from the gym, Robles enjoys church, making jewelry and reading. If you follow her social media channels, you will quickly learn Robles loves life and has a unique sense of humor.
"I love social media! I think it's really fun," Robles said to the Desert Sun. "It's also given me another way to express myself, motivate others, make friends, and promote weightlifting.
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