Hamm Lifts Her Way To A Goal

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The words squat, dead, and bench may not mean a lot to the average person. But, as reporter Jesse Horne explains how those three words recently translated to a championship for one UW-Eau Claire student.
Powerlifting has seemed to come naturally for Osceola native Mariah Hamm.
“The first day, my coach was like ‘you’re going to be the next world athlete.’ and I was like ‘no way. No.”
But with each lift the amount of confidence continued to grow.
“The goals are very tangible. In say softball, you can hit better. But, in powerlifting you can see the results by adding weight. That’s really satisfying.”
Mariah has been active in professional powerlifting for nine years now and last month, she was able to cash in on all of her hard work and determination. She competed in the international powerlifting federation’s world sub-junior; junior championships in Prague. While she competed she wasn’t sure how she was faring even after her final deadlift.
“And I thought that I lost. I thought I lost it all. “
Instead, Hamm was in line for a medal and said her competition came down to her final try at the squat. That squat gave her a world championship in her weight class and the emotion is still tough for her to fathom.
“It’s been nine years of hard work. So … excuse me.”
Excuses are not needed for Mariah, as she gets right back to working out at 3-D Fitness in downtown Eau Claire.
“The nice thing about powerlifting is that it’s an ageless sport. I can do it as long as I’m smart, I can do it until I’m 80.”
With that level of determination, there is hope for Mariah for many years to come.
Reporting from Eau Claire, Jesse Horne. Fox 25/48 news at nine.

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