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July 10, 1991 | CHRIS BAKER
JACKIE BLAZEK Weightlifting Jackie Blazek of Golden Valley, Minn., was set to become a gymnast like her parents. However she switched to Olympic weightlifting after using weights to train for gymnastics. Blazek, 4 feet 7 and 74 pounds, began training for gymnastics at 3. But her father, Gary, who became interested in Olympic weightlifting to enhance his gymnastics career, quickly realized she had the talent to excel as a weightlifter.
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July 20, 1991 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Five days before going to the national weightlifting championships in April, Sibby Flowers suffered a broken bone and some muscle damage in her lower back when she lost control during a training session. While she was practically on all fours, the bar landed on her. But she still went to Blaine, Minn., to qualify for the Olympic Festival, and came to Los Angeles to earn a spot in the world championships. "I thought I was going to die at the nationals," she said.
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