Melanie Kosoff | Mormon Boxers

A former weight-lifting champion, Melanie Roach, formerly known as Melanie Kosoff, seemed destined for Olympic glory as one of the only American women capable of lifting twice her own body weight. But this famous Mormon was unable to make it to the 2000 games due to an unfortunate injury during training. Despite this and back surgery, Roach bounced back to juggle family life, the needs of her autistic son, a gymnast business, and training to again reach Olympic level and participate in the 2008 Beijing Olympics; it’s unlikely that anyone has a busier schedule than this famous Mormon athlete.

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