Name: Kelly Charniga

Team: Dynamic Fitness

Coach: Bud Charniga

Home: Livonia, MI

Weight class: 69 kg

Height: 5’6

What year did you begin lifting? 2008

How did you get involved? I had ankle problems in gymnastics, and my dad suggested weightlifting to supplement my training. He has been involved in the sport for over four decades and has been my coach since I gave up gymnastics and started lifting full-time. 

Favorite competition lift? Clean and jerk

Favorite training lift? Snatch

Education: Studying Pre-Med/Biology and Spanish at Madonna University

Personal goals: To win a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics and become an epidemiologist (investigate the causes of disease).

Favorite book: Love in the Times of Cholera (the Spanish version, naturally)

Favorite TV shows: BBC’s Sherlock and Dr. Who

Favorite movie: Anything with Cary Grant

Favorite music: Marina and the Diamonds

Hobbies/interests outside of lifting: What…? Other interests?

Most people don’t know that... Bats are my favorite mammals because they are vital to many ecosystems, dispersing seeds, pollinating plants, and controlling insects.