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Mangold’s Sister Eyes Weightlifting Gold

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Holley Mangold of the US Olympic Weightlifting team (credit: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/GettyImages)

Holley Mangold of the US Olympic Weightlifting team (credit: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/GettyImages)

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(AP) — Holley Mangold is accustomed to making headlines.

She was, after all, the only girl on her high school football team in Ohio, maybe not that big of a surprise since she’s the sister of New York Jets center Nick Mangold.

She’s not a novelty anymore. She’s an Olympian.

Mangold will compete as a superheavyweight in weightlifting at the London Games later this month. Her coaches initially saw her as a prospect for the 2016 Olympics but her progress the past year – she upped her lift totals by more than 70 pounds – put her ahead of schedule.

Nick Mangold couldn’t be prouder, and he predicts more than one Olympics in his sister’s future.

“As an older brother, you love to see your siblings do great things and this is something she tried to do and was successful at it and it’s a great thing to see,” he said. “There are people who have been training their whole lives for this opportunity and she’s been doing it for two years.”

However long she pursues Olympic success, Mangold will take along a gregarious personality and a quick wit. She’s comfortable with her size (about 350 pounds), and showed as much during an episode called “I’m the Big Girl” last year on MTV’s “True Life.”

She’d like to help reshape the image of female weightlifters.

Mangold doesn’t wear makeup while competing. Fingernail polish, well, that’s another thing entirely. Tiny barbells adorned her nails during the Olympic trials in March. She’s planning something in red, white and blue for London.

“I feel like women weightlifters try to be too feminine just to show that they’re still feminine,” she said. “I don’t do that. I try to have a nice balance. But I haven’t really had any problems. People usually don’t say anything to your face because they’re intimidated that you can out lift them.”

Her experience at Archbishop Alter High in Kettering, Ohio, had its firsts: first girl to play a down from scrimmage in Ohio and the first girl to play in a state championship game. Her brother saw the connection between weightlifting and football, which his 22-year-old sister played for 12 years to follow in his path.

“If she had said race car driving or something like that, I would’ve been like, `Hmmm, I don’t know,'” he said. “But weightlifting, it just seemed to flow with her.”

Competition started early between the two Mangolds. Growing up, Holley and Nick used balloons as footballs in games in the family living room. Nick’s handicap? He played on his knees.

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