COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - When Jenny Arthur started cross-training for softball and track, weightlifting became part of her routine; but it didn't take long for her to be hooked.
Arthur is originally from Georgia, but she has been in training in Colorado Springs for about seven years now. She's a 2016 Olympian who recently hit a personal best during the World Championships, coming home with a lot of hardware, in more ways than one.
Arthur got on the podium during a trip to Thailand for Worlds. She brought home the bronze.
"It's always been my goal to podium and finally it's something that I accomplished, and I am very proud of myself, and I am happy to have the support of my family and my coaches," says Arthur.
During the clean and jerk competition, Arthur lifted a mere 139 kilos, which is 306 pounds. The humble 25-year-old says it's all about the mechanics.
"You don't always have to be the strongest, especially starting out in weightlifting, but the technique is huge in the sport of weightlifting," says Arthur. "And that is ultimately going to get you to the next kilo."
But it's not just medals that Arthur came back to the U.S. with.
"It ended up being the last day that we were there, and he [my fiance] proposed, and it was incredible," says Arthur.
Arthur's fiance, Norik Vardanian, is also an Olympic weightlifter.
"We met at the Olympic Training Center here in the Springs," said Arthur.