Olympic hopeful weightlifter is on MTV's 'True Life'

Thu, Jun 30

Olympic weightlifting hopeful Holley Mangold, who weighs about 300 pounds, loves her life as a large person and doesn't care what people think.

That's why she has no problem appearing on MTV's "True Life" at 11 p.m. Thursday in an episode called "I'm the Big Girl."

"A lot of people have a skewed view of large people in America," said the 5-foot-8 Mangold, sister of New York Jets center Nick Mangold. "Everyone constantly thinks I'm overweight or out of shape but I train twice a day and six days a week. I'm doing this for my sport."

Mangold played high school football as a lineman and then switched to weightlifting with the hopes of making the U.S. team heading to the 2012 London Olympics.

"Women in athletics need to be taken seriously," said Mangold, who originally thought MTV wanted to do a documentary on women in football. "We're called a lot of things, mostly being called too manly to do sports. I'm still very feminine. I like to dress up. I might be large but I'm very girly inside."

Mangold hasn't seen the final episode and is "a little nervous" she might have said something on camera without really thinking. The episode chronicles her pursuit of weighlifting and her progression of starting at 395 pounds and dropping to her current weight.

"Besides being big, it's kind of a feel-good, weight-loss story," she said. "I might go down to 270 next. I'm not even thinking 200. Come on! I'm not sure what I'd do if I were that size."

Nick Mangold went on Twitter Wednesday to promote the show: "Check out my sister @HolleyMangold on @MTV's True Life Thursday night at 11pm. I'm just glad it's not 16 & Pregnant!"