Name: Vanessa Garcia      

Team: Team Houston   

Coach: Garret Taylor and Tim Swords

Hometown: Alvin, Texas

Current Residence:  Lubbock, Texas

Year of birth:1994

Weight class: 48kg

Height: 5-0

What year did you being lifting? 2009

How did you get involved? I wanted to get out of track practice one day and it happened to be the day of powerlifting tryouts. After the powerlifting season, my coach taught me the Olympic lifts and I haven't looked back.

Favorite Competition Lift?  Snatch

Favorite Training Lift? Snatch balance and 3/4 Jerks

Education: Associate's Degree in General Studies from Alvin Community College in 2012. Currently studying for my Bachelor's in Nutrition and Dietetics at Texas Tech University.

Personal Goals: PR at each meet, go six-for-six at a national meet, win the Senior Nationals, make the Junior World Team and the Senior World Team 

Favorite Food: Spinach lasagna

Favorite Book: Night, Poisonwood Bible, and the Pretty Little Liars series

Favorite TV Show: The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother

Favorite Song: “Superwoman” and “If I Ain't Got You” by Alicia Keys; “Titanium” by David Guetta

Hobbies/Interested outside of Weightlifting: Singing, going out with friends and yoga

Most people don’t know that…. I like folding clothes, I am half Mexican and half Salvadorean and I enjoy sewing