Mangold (above at the opening ceremonies with Kobe Bryant) came to London with an injured right wrist, which can be a problem if you’re lifting 500-lb weights over your head.
In Olympic weightlifting, a competitor has to complete the “snatch” (lifting the weight overhead in one motion) in order to move on to the “clean and jerk” (lifting it to the shoulders and then overhead). Due to her injury, Mangold was worried she might not.
She struggled — above is a failed lift attempt. Weightlifters get three attempts at both the snatch and the clean and jerk.
But ultimately, she completed both parts of the event.
She lifted a total of 529 pounds.
Even though she hadn’t successfully completed a clean and jerk in weeks.
She placed 10th overall. Gold went to Zhou Lulu of China.
Watching Zhou, Mangold says she thought, “One day I’ll beat you.”
Mangold’s brother Nick, who plays for the New York Jets, was in the audience. He wasn’t going to go, but his teammates convinced him.
Nick Mangold says he wouldn’t have tried what his sister attempted on Saturday: “I think I would have passed.”