We at Wombat Sports are usually covering female athletes in combats sports, but we felt this story has to be told to our readers.
Super heavyweight weightlifter Sarah Robles may not be a well known name. She hasn’t been on a Coke commercial, or the hot topic on the talk show circuit. She is, however, the strongest woman on the U.S. team.
Having lifted 576.5 pounds at the Olympic trial this past March, she has made the goal of getting not only the U.S. record, but to get an Olympic medal like her idol Cheryl Haworth.
In the era of the athlete as a model, a lot of weightlifters, male and female, are not getting the endorsements many of the U.S. Olympians are. Robles maybe a bigger girl, but she works hard physically. A true role model for younger women inundated in unrealistic body image.
As much as she works, she still needs help. Living only off $400 a month from Team USA weightlifting, she consumes 4,000 calories a day in order to keep her body going; not cheap in terms of supplements.
This on top of the fact she needs to earn money to get herself and her coach to London. With millions of endorsement deals given to other female Olympians, it is a miserable state to see Robles struggle.
Robles has set up an IndieGoGo account to get donations for her to get to the Olympics:
We would also recommend going to her Facebook fan page – especially if you want to have the honor and privileged to sponsor a true Olympian.