August 30, 2019 11:09 PM
(ABC 6 News) - The Studio 223 Olympic Weightlifting team has come a long way since starting three years ago in Chatfield.
"From the beginning it's a very welcoming place," 16-year-old Jaelyn Sprau said.
The team focuses on the sport of Olympic weightlifting, which works on specific, dynamic lifts.
"It's the snatch, which you're holding the bar all the way from the floor overhead and then the clean and jerk where you're pulling the bar to your shoulders and then jumping it overhead or pressing it overhead at the same time," coach Julianne O'Brien said.
In three years the program has blossomed, leading to three athletes earning medals at nationals.
"Making kids strong is pretty much the coolest thing I've ever done," O'Brien said. "We come from a community of 2,000 people and we're bringing home three medals. That's pretty awesome."
Despite their success, the team doesn't get recognition, and isn't associated with the school. Sprau thinks it's because the sport isn't as traditional as others in the area.
"It's just a hard as any other sport if not harder and it requires just as much practice and effort," Sprau said.
While they focus on lifting, Sprau says she has found something deeper in the sport.
"When I started my favorite part was the actual lifting, but now that I get to come and be with the people I love, that's my favorite part."
Created: August 30, 2019 11:09 PM
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