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Mangold, weightlifting's rock star

Updated: June 4, 2012, 10:40 AM ET
By Carmen R. Thompson | ESPN The Magazine

In a couple of months, Holley Mangold will go to London, step onto a weightlifting platform and compete for the title of Strongest Woman on the Planet.

But first, she will do a cartwheel.

Not long before competition time in the warm-up room at ExCeL London, the Olympic weightlifting venue, the 22-year-old Ohio native will launch her 5-foot-8, 330-pound frame through the air with startling quickness and gracefully stick the landing on her pre-competition good-luck cartwheel. ...

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