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Team USA weightlifter proves you don't have to be big to be strong

July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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She's a 4-foot-11 former competitive cheerleader who started lifting at 195 pounds when she was 16.

— First-time Olympian weightlifter Jourdan Delacruz doesn't adhere to the stereotypes of weightlifters: She's a 4-foot-11 former competitive cheerleader who started lifting at 195 pounds when she was 16.

"It's cool that there are more smaller bodyweight people who are getting in the sport and pushing the stereotype that you have to be big to be strong," Delacruz said.

"I have this baby picture that I am in a diaper, but I'm in a deep squat perfect technique, so I really do feel like I was destined to do weightlifting," Delacruz said.

Delacruz said she believes weightlifting is more of a mental mindset rather than a physical one.

The 23-year-old moved from Texas to Suwanee, Ga. , to train at Power & Grace Performance and hopes to get a gold medal during her first Olympic Games.

Although she might not be getting the traditional Olympic experience, Delacruz is ecstatic that the games are happening.

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