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TWELVE-YEAR-OLD TALIA LLOYD
says that people’s mouths drop when
she tells them that she’s a competitive
weightlifter who can hoist more than
100 pounds. “They say, ‘You’re lying,
you’re messing with us,’ ” says Talia, a
seventh-grader at the Charles E. Smith
Jewish Day School in Rockville.
She’s not. Talia, who is 5 feet tall
and about 90 pounds, first tried
Olympic-style weightlifting, which
uses a barbell loaded with weight
plates, three years ago during a
CrossFit Kids class at what is now
Tough Temple CrossFit in Rockville.
She particularly liked the rush of
emotions that came with doing a
lift—the nervousness she felt while
setting up, the concentration during
the lift itself, and the sense of accomplishment after putting the barbell
back on the ground.
Talia trains five to six hours a
week, including strength workouts
three days a week at her Rockville
home with her father, Lee, who is
the coach of her wrestling team at
school (she’s the only girl on it).
This past June, Talia beat out eight
other competitors from around the
country to win the silver medal in the
39 kg ( 86 pounds) division for girls
13 and under at the USA Weightlifting National Youth Championships.
Talia says her goal is to make the U.S.
Olympic team in 2024.
Rockville’s Talia Lloyd has her sights set on the Olympics
BY MAURA MAHONEY