Name: Arlene Ward

Team: Front Range Weightlifting Club

Coach: Paul Fleschler

Hometown: La Crescenta, Calif.

Current Residence: Colorado Springs, Colo.

Year of birth: 1986

Weight class: 69kg

Height: 5-6

What year did you being lifting? 2008

How did you get involved? I was learning the basics of the lifts as a personal trainer, but I wanted to learn more about coaching them so I could coach them well and safely with the athletes I was working with. The more I learned, the more hooked I got!

Favorite Competition Lift?  Cleans

Favorite Training Lift? Snatch balances

Education: Bachelor's degree from Colorado College

Personal Goals: To qualify for a World team! And, of course, the ultimate dream would be to make an Olympic team.

Favorite Food: Homemade macaroni and cheese

Favorite Book: That's too hard to narrow down

Favorite TV Show: Dexter

Favorite Song: Anything by Pink, and really anything upbeat that I can work out or dance to.

Hobbies/Interests outside of Weightlifting: Playing with my three dogs, crocheting and cooking.

Most people don’t know that…. I was formerly a rugby player!