The Rio Olympics have been full of shining stars - Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky, and now Sarah Robles, the weightlifter who took home the bronze for Team USA. Robles is the first American female Olympian to medal in weightlifting, and she used her moment in the spotlight to share a body positive message.
"I think what happened tonight is a phenomenal thing," Robles said in an interview with USA Weightlifting following her win. "It's a great thing for weightlifting as a sport. It's a great thing for women. It's a great thing for women of size."
The 28 year-old, 273-pound Robles is redefining what it means to "look like" an athlete. As she stated in a 2012 interview with Buzzfeed, despite her success in the sport, acquiring sponsorships has been a challenge. As she put it, "you can get that sponsorship if you're a super-built guy or a girl who looks good in a bikini, but not if you're a girl who's built like a guy."
Well, the joke's on them, because Robles has come out on top despite the struggles she's had to work through. She was banned from the sport for two years after testing positive for "prohibited substances" while taking prescription medication for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, but the ban was lifted just in time for her to qualify for Rio, where she was able to break barriers for women like her.
"This means a lot, to be on the podium and give exposure to our sport at a time when it's already growing," Robles told Reuters. "It's good not just for me but for women of size, for women who want to get up off the couch and do something different."
If that doesn't inspire you to get off the couch, just check out the super inspirational message she posted to her Instagram page shortly after her big win.
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