Tara Nott

Tiny Tara Nott became the first U.S. athlete in 40 years, as the women's version of the sport debuted in Sydney, to win an Olympic gold medal in weight lifting. Nott's achievement came at the expense of Bulgarian lifter Izabela Dragneva, who initially won the gold but was disqualified after failing a doping test. Thus Nott, 28, who had won the silver with a total lift of 407 3/4 lbs. in the 106-lb. weight class, became the Olympic champion.

An Olympic medal is a dream that Nott has been chasing since she was a schoolgirl. Slightly built, she was an accomplished...

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