Sarah Robles wins United States’ first weightlifting medal since 2000


Sarah Robles wins United States’ first weightlifting medal since 2000

Sarah Robles weightlifter bronze medal Rio Olympics 2016
Photo by USA Today Sports


Sarah Robles won the bronze medal in Women’s +75kg weightlifting today.

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360 Stretch Jeans by Jessica Svoboda

Press release from Jessica Svoboda, the owner of SVOBODA® & 360 Stretch™ brands:

360 Stretch, a comfort-focused denim-centric online fashion brand catering to women sizes 12 to 24 has launched a new advertising campaign featuring 5’10”, size 22, 315-pound 2016 Rio Olympic 75+kg weightlifter Sarah Robles. The #StrongLikeSarah campaign was shot near League City, TX and features Robles wearing 360 Stretch jeans while doing both Olympic Competition Lifts (Snatch and Clean and Jerk). Sarah demonstrates the extreme flexibility and range of motion offered by 360 Stretch Jeans.

#StrongLikeSarah is the second in the multi-series #LivingIn360 campaign. It will build on the momentum of the first campaign, which featured professional plus size yoga instructors Dana Falsetti and Jessamyn Stanley, in jeans, holding incredibly difficult yoga poses with empowering, product and yoga inspired taglines such as, “They stretch in every direction except out. Flexibility plus recovery.”

Jessica Svoboda, the owner of SVOBODA & 360 Stretch brands, stated:

“I started watching Sarah Robles in 2012. As a similarly built 5’11,” 245-pound woman, her athleticism inspired me. Shortly after Sarah’s performance at the Olympics, I was enraged when the media gave more coverage to computer trolls (who hadn’t accomplished anything) than they did to Sarah. She had just reached the highest pinnacle of her career, and Sarah had to read negative comments on her looks, body and clothing in the press. Then, to find out, although she could lift more weight than almost any other woman on the planet, and was ranked higher than any other American weightlifter (male or female), she could not get a traditional weightlifting sponsorship due to her size. I decided 360 Stretch should create an advertisement campaign truly representative of this elite athlete. I hope it moves you as much as Sarah Robles has moved me.”

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Coach Tim’s Olympic Rio Fund


Olympic athletes and their coaches have to pay their own way to the Olympic Games. While they might receive some financial support from their respective sport’s governing board, they almost always have to cover a majority of the costs of travel.

Most Olympic athletes, like me, have either part-time or full-time jobs in addition to our full athletic training schedulewe can’t cover our daily living expenses otherwise, and we can’t go to the Games without adequate funds. And for the coaches of Olympic athletescoaches who often train Olympic hopefuls without pay or for minimal pay while trying to have enough time to properly support and train other clients—going to the Games is something that validates the investment of time and effort they’ve poured into helping an athlete qualify for and participate in the Olympics, but it’s just as expensive for them to go, too.

My coach, Tim Swords, has given more than 30 years of his life to training and helping under-privileged kids make something of themselves. Because of his knowledge and ability to properly his weightlifters, he has seen his time rewarded by the number of his lifters going on to have college or national careers in the sport. I owe so much to Tim—his training made it possible for me to qualify for the Rio Games. He deserves to be there with me in Brazil. He deserves to see first-hand what his work has accomplished. There’s no one else I’d rather have on my side on a day like thisa life-changing one! I need my coach. It’s difficult to express how I have felt after so many trials, failures, and victories, to be held up through it all by somene as great and kind as Tim.

Will you please support us in getting Tim to Rio? We are on short on time, but any contribution is worth more than just the dollar amount contributed. It is a tribute to a wonderful coach who dedicates his all to his athletes. Every donation is tax deductible as Team Houston Weightlifting is a non-profit organization.

You can donate to Coach Swords’s travel fund on the GoFundMe page set up for him by Chris Helton:

Thank you for your support, everyone. And thank you, Tim. I wouldn’t be going to Rio if it weren’t for you.