Randolph College student training to become Olympic weightlifter
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- A Randolph College sophomore may be only 19, but she's working to become a member of the USA Olympic team.
Meredith Alwine is stronger than, well, most people.
"You get to work towards a personal goal and it's self fulfilling," she said of becoming a weightlifter. "Sort of got into it and never looked back."
The 19-year-old Virginia Beach native picked up the sport only two years ago.
"It's a privilege to watch her train," said Jerrod Ruhl, the owner of the gym where Alwine trains.
Alwine played soccer and ran track, but credits her background in gymnastics for her lifting ability.
"This perfectionist mindset I got from gymnastics," she said. "You can really work towards a technical skill every single day."
Alwine is already seeing success, she's the junior weightlifting national champion, grabbed silver at the junior Pan American Games and placed 7th at the Junior World Championships in Tokyo.
"It's fun to come to the gym to see if you're going to have a good day, maybe it's a bad day, but you have the chance to get better again," she said. "It's very exciting to think you have that opportunity to do what you love for your country."
Alwine is working towards the U.S. Olympic trials with the hope of making it on Team USA for the 2020 games.
"To watch what she does, it's kind of mind-boggling," Ruhl added.
To think, the next Olympian star could come out of Lynchburg.