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Meet the Team: Morghan King

By Kevin Farley | Aug. 01, 2016, 1 p.m. (ET)

Five years ago, Rio de Janiero was not on Morghan King's radar.

That changed in 2012 when King, 30, began weightlifting full time after being exposed to it while learning CrossFit.

"I gave up my whole other life to pursue weightlifting for the dream of making the Olympics," King told the Associated Press. "Once I put my mind to something, I go after it 110 percent. I was fortunate enough to have the support system to allow me to do that."

The Redmond, Washington native traded her 9-5 graphic design job to chase her Olympic dream.

1972 Olympic Champion and USA Weightlifting's United States Olympic Training Center resident team coach Zygmunt Smalcerz saw King compete and invited her to train at the OTC.

#fbf to putting in work for the Trials. #weightlifting #usaw #roadtorio #leavenodoubt #virusintl

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Since then, King has been training with Smalcerz and Dean Kruse, a fellow weightlifter who introduced her to the sport. 

At 5'0" tall, King's raw strength is impressive. At the National Championships and U.S. Olympic Trials in Salt Lake City earlier this year, King took the top spot in the 48kg category. With a 80kg lift in the snatch and 100kg lift in the clean & jerk, her total weight of 180kg was more than enough to win the competition and secure a spot on the Olympic team. 

King is strong both physically and mentally; quickly dismissing critics who say she was too old to start weightlifting at the age of 26.

I think the #RoadtoRio excitement is starting to kick in! Beyond stoked to be representing #TeamUSA!

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The path to the podium in Rio won't be easy, but King said she's capable of winning a medal. She will rely on her phsyical and mental strength to fulfill her Olympic dream.

Away from the gym, King enjoys snowboarding, painting and football. She's also a runner, competing in the "Hood to Coast" relay in Oregon.

But her heart lies in weightlifting.

"I never settle for anything less than my best," King said.

Morghan's Competition & Broadcast Times
Date Athlete Class Rio Time Mountain Eastern
Morghan King 48kg 7:00pm 4:00pm 6:00pm

Date  Athlete Time Network
Morghan King 8:00-9:00pm NBCSN

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Morghan's Olympic Trials Performance

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