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Cara Heads Slaughter Returns to Nola

By Kevin Farley | Oct. 07, 2016, 6:38 p.m. (ET)

It's been more than sixteen years since Cara Heads-Slaughter walked into the Alario Center in New Orleans.  

A lot has changed in those sixteen years. Last time she was here, Heads-Slaughter was fighting for a spot on the 2000 Olympic Team-- the first time women competed in weightlifting at the Olympic Games.

"I had mixed feelings of gratitude and satisfaction returning to the Alario Center," Heads-Slaughter told USA Weightlifting. 

Cara Heads-Slaughter at the 2000 Olympic Trials at the Alario Center in New Orleans, Louisiana

The 2000 Olympic Trials were not Heads-Slaughter's best meet. Her trademark smile beamed across her face as she bombed out of the competition. However, a great performance at the American Open secured her a spot on Team USA's first Women's weightlifting Olympic Team. 

This time around, sixteen years later, Heads-Slaughter entered the Alario Center as a coach at the 2016 National University and Under 25 Championships.

"Being back here was a reminder of what I went through to make the Olympic Team," Heads-Slaughter said. "It's also a reminder of the fact that I have an equally fulfilling role as a coach now."