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Strong Effort
Brian Cazeneuve
July 23, 2007
Few Pan Am medalists were as grateful for their prize as U.S. weightlifter Melanie Roach (right), who won a bronze in the 53-kg class on Sunday. She hoisted 182 kg in the two lifts combined, including 108 in the clean and jerk, her best total in nine years. After leaving the sport to start a family, the 32-year-old mother of three returned to lifting two years ago but was sidelined by back surgery in 2006. At the Pan Ams, Roach kept a photo of her children with her in the Riocentro warmup area as inspiration. "Everything ended here exactly as I wanted," says Roach, who won her seventh national overall title in May. "I was looking at that picture before I started. I am truly blessed."
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July 23, 2007

Strong Effort

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Few Pan Am medalists were as grateful for their prize as U.S. weightlifter Melanie Roach (right), who won a bronze in the 53-kg class on Sunday. She hoisted 182 kg in the two lifts combined, including 108 in the clean and jerk, her best total in nine years. After leaving the sport to start a family, the 32-year-old mother of three returned to lifting two years ago but was sidelined by back surgery in 2006. At the Pan Ams, Roach kept a photo of her children with her in the Riocentro warmup area as inspiration. "Everything ended here exactly as I wanted," says Roach, who won her seventh national overall title in May. "I was looking at that picture before I started. I am truly blessed."

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