“Holley Mangold, a 2012 US Olympic team member for weightlifting who competed in the super heavyweight division, was always athletic despite being overweight. She was born in Kettering, Ohio and raised in Centerville, Ohio, with older and younger sisters and an older brother (New York Jets center Nick Mangold). Holley played high school football and was the first female offensive lineman to play in an Ohio Division III state championship high-school football game. She later attended Ursuline College, where she studied theology and sociology. “I have always been big and succeeded while being big, so I thought that there was no reason to lose weight,” Holley says, adding, “As long as I was doing the things I wanted to do, I thought I was fine.” She only began weightlifting in 2008, which makes it all the more impressive that she landed a coveted spot on the 2012 Olympic team for weightlifting. Now 24 years old, Holley weighs 351 pounds and decided to make a change so that she can get healthy and also compete to the best of her ability in the 2016 Olympics. She says, “I want to inspire people to love who they are, but to know that if they want to change something about themselves, they can.” Once she loses the weight, Holley looks forward to winning a medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics”.
The Biggest Loser will make it’s for season 15, on NBC with fifteen new contestants. It will air Tuesdays Tuesdays from 8-9 p.m. ET.