If you didn't see Sarah Robles winning the United States its first weightlifting medal in 16 years last night, then stop what you're doing and check out her amazing feats of strength. The 28-year-old earned the bronze in the women's over-75-kilogram category. And we must say, if there were a gold for "best victory face" Robles would clinch gold. Watch her in action here.
Seeing Robles' success made us want to get to know this amazing athlete better. After all, she single-handedly put women and weightlifting back on the map after lifting 286kg total, with 126 in the snatch and 160 in the clean and jerk. Here's what we found out.
1. She celebrated her win in the best possible way.
Muscle-repairing protein and a call to Grandma. Perfect.
2. She's friends with the competition.
Last night, one of the women that Robles beat out was Mariam Usman from Nigeria. But it's all good because these two prove that women supporting women is better than being catty.
3 . She isn't a stranger to sacrifice.
Going into the London Games in 2012, Robles was the highest-ranked weightlifter in the United States. But she was living on a mere $400 a month, telling BuzzFeed, "You can get that sponsorship if you're a super-built guy or a girl who looks good in a bikini. But not if you're a girl who's built like a guy." Robles isn't the only Olympic athlete to live meagerly, either.
4. Lifting actually puts her in a lot of pain.
Robles has a deformity in her arm known as Madelung's deformity, which results in a radius that is shorter than normal and bowed, according to Vibe. This causes her to have a ton of pain during lifts, which she can really only treat with wrist wraps and warming creams.
5. She has another hidden talent.
Robles can hold things in her forehead wrinkles—perhaps we'll see that added to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo?