Female Power Lifters at Junior Olympics Shatter Stereotypes on the Squat Rack

 

DES MOINES, Iowa – It’s Day 4 at the AAU Junior Olympic games. Friday’s competitions included power-lifting, and two girls from Nebraska, Jordan and Naomi, are setting world-records in the sport – and they’ve only been involved for a couple of years.

“We want girls to know that you’re not going to become big and bulky if you lift,” said Jordan Baker. “It’s a sport, it’s just like any other sport. You’re going to look good. You’re going to look like a girl. And we want to open that up to more people.”

Baker shattered the U.S. and World Record in her age group, 18-19, by squatting 237 pounds.

These girls say they hope being at the Junior Olympics sends a positive message to younger girls about entering sports that are dominated by boys.

Saturday’s competitions include taekwondo, weightlifting and bowling. The games continue into next week, ending on Saturday, August 2nd.

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