Strong-Armed

Olympian Sarah Robles raises the bar for plus-size women

Sally Peterson for TIME

Sarah Robles can hoist 321 lb. over her head. She is on her way to the London Olympics as the top-ranked female weight lifter in the U.S. She is one of the world's strongest women. Yet there are times when Robles, 23, imagines what people are thinking when they pass her on the street, and it has nothing to do with her power, her flexibility, her tenacity. This is what she hears them thinking instead: You're fat. You're lazy. You're gluttonous. You're excessive.

That's why Robles, who is 5 ft. 10 in. and weighs 275 lb., is chasing much more than...

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