9 June 2016 thumb 16-year old weightlifting champ makes history. So why are her looks and weight up for discussion?

In one fell swoop — or as fast as one can clean and jerk 233 pounds — British student Zoe Smith became both the youngest athlete to ever participate in the Commonwealth Games weightlifting competition and the first English woman to take home a medal.

Smith took the bronze medal despite, as she reported after the win, some initial shakiness. Called “Britain’s strongest schoolgirl” by one paper, Smith has already collected a slew of tropies and titles since taking up weightlifting four years ago. The Commonwealth Games was her first senior-level international performance.

“I came here with high expectations, to be honest. There’s no point turning up if you don’t. But then I saw the scoreboard and everybody was opening with what I was opening with, so that made me think that maybe I wasn’t going to do as well as I hoped. But it still turned out all right,” Smith told reporters.

That same paper speculates that Smith could be a contender for the 2012 Olympics. As exciting as that sounds, the reasoning they give is startlingly off-balance to the quotes by Smith, who seems quite centered.  Here’s why they think she could end up on a cereal box or in those just-cheesy-enough-to-make-you-cry human interest video montages:

“Smith, whose photogenic looks could make her one of the poster girls for the 2012 Olympics – just a few miles from her home in Greenwich – also revealed that she had arrived in Delhi a week ago 3kg over her 58kg weight limit and had been forced to cut down on her water intake to shed the pounds quickly.”

Seriously? Can we talk about how bad-ass this woman is who just lifted the equivalent of a frat guy and his keg OVER HER HEAD without lapsing into her looks…oh! and her weight? I can’t recall the last time a male athlete’s weight issues, even if they were related to the sport, made it to mainstream news (please feel free to prove otherwise).

When Smith said of the competition and her third-place victory, “I’m so overwhelmed, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry,” I got the sentiment.

I will continue to cheer her on as we head toward the Olympics. But I will save a few laughs and tears for the coverage of the weightlifter’s face and waistline.

What do you think of the beauty and weight comments about this champion, record-setting weightlifter?

The editor’s Review after Reading this article:

It’s very common to discuss an athletes weight when competitors are divided into weight classes. Although, the reason it was probably originally brought up was that she was quite a bit over. You have to realize that she lost 7lbs in a few days or less and still had to be strong enough not only to compete but also to place 3rd. I don’t know when the last time you lost 7lbs was, but it’s not easy. Especially when you’re a thin, muscular woman like she is.

I wrestled all through high school and university and i can tell you, losing that weight is tough. It’s basically all water weight that’s lost. which means you stop drinking and eating and then you’re wrapped in plastic and heavy clothing, then you get on a treadmill to run and sweat until your weight drops down within your weight class. Sometimes it takes and hour, sometimes it can take significantly longer. Not fun.

So if you can imagine doing that, then a day or so later competing in a world class event and placing third. That’s impressive. And that’s why her weight was mentioned.

And about her looks, well…… what can i say but, she is attractive. Maybe you don’t realize this, but in the real world; attractive people are chosen to be ‘poster-children’ for their causes. Sorry, that’s just how the world works.