These Inspiring Women are Changing the Face of Weightlifting

When most people think of the average weightlifter they will probably picture a macho steroid abusing, eastern European man; and yet, this idea could not be any further from the truth. Weightlifting is actually a sport without any borders or fixed gender, and actually creates a safe space for all. This passage will detail some of the women that are breaking this stereotype and forcing a space for women within the sport.


Erika Yamisaki

Let us start this passage off right with an Aussie Weightlifter. Erika Yamisaki is slowly building a reputation for herself throughout the sport as one of the most honest and reliable competitors. Despite spending the majority of her career in the amateurs which is yet to have answered the question of are sarms legal Erika has still decided to remain clean throughout her career and has become a role model for young women not only in Australia but throughout the world. This clean energy has come with its success, as she recently became the first and only Australian woman to clean and jerk double her body weight, lifting 106 kilograms! Erika herself is quite self-aware of her position in the sport and the influence she holds, as this interview highlights. “People were saying ‘oh, women shouldn’t do weightlifting, they’ll damage themselves’ — it’s all changed now,” she continued. “As the years have progressed, it’s a lot more socially acceptable for a female to have some sort of muscle and be strong and be confident.” This extract really goes to highlight that Erika understands her importance within the sport and how she understands that what she is doing is truly revolutionizing the sport.


Christine Girard

Christine Girard is a Canadian weightlifter that has rose to prominence over recent years. British readers may recognize the name from the London 2012 Olympics wherein the women’s weightlifting event she finished second. Some may not realize that this result was actually overturned in 2018 after it was found that her fellow competitors where actually doping. This meant that her silver medal for London turned into a gold medal and her fifth-place finish for Beijing 2008 turned into a bronze medal. Her home country simply could not let Christine be robbed of her moment, as the city of Ontario put on its own medal ceremony for Girard; as she became a double Olympic medallist overnight. With thousands of Canadians coming to the ceremony to celebrate Canadas first Olympic weightlifting champion. As Christine, herself is quoted as saying at the event “We can do this the right way and we can win the right way. That’s what my medals mean.” Truly encapsulating what it means to be an Olympian by staying honest to herself; and in the end she was truly victorious setting the golden standard for the sport.


Rusmeris Villar

Villar’s inclusion in this list is entirely based on her origins in the sport. She is a Columbian woman who goes against every stereotype I listed in the introduction of the passage. Her origins of being not only a woman but a South American, a continent that is hardly known for its prowess in weightlifting, really highlights the beauty of this sport. It does not matter where you come from as long as you stay true to yourself and be completely dedicated to its practices you can be a success. As I stated in the introduction weightlifting is a sport that knows no borders and knows no gender, it is a sport for the world. What Villar truly encapsulates is this genuine spirit and discipline, breaking stereotypes and changing weightlifting for the better.

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