And with less than four years of experience in Olympic-style weightlifting, Holley Mangold has reached that summit earlier than expected. The conventional wisdom says it takes five years to find out whether a weightlifter will be any good and 10 years to determine whether they'll be great.
"So I don't know if I'm good yet," says Mangold, who is training nearly 30 hours a week in an effort to find out. "I'm very excited. I feel like I'm just scratching at the surface of what I can do."
Adds Dillon: "She made it to the Olympics as a good athlete. And she has all the potential in the world to be one of the best in the sport."
To be a medal contender in London, Dillon says Mangold would need to hoist a combined 280 kilos in the two Olympic lifts, the snatch and the clean and jerk. In the U.S. trials her two-lift total was 255 kilos (about 561 pounds).