Thin and unhealthy as a toddler, she began weightlifting at 12 to improve her strength for softball. Won a bronze medal in weightlifting at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Can lift as much as 25 tons—equivalent to the weight of an F-15 fighter jet—over the course of a typical workout. An accomplished artist, she has sold several paintings for hundreds of dollars. Younger sister Katie is also a champion weightlifter.