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"You can find ways to eat burgers and pizzas that fit your lifestyle," King says. Her go-to pizza joint is a Seattle restaurant called Bambinos, where visitors can make their own pizza. "Mine ends up being a massive meat and vegetable salad on a pizza crust," she says. King also revealed that she craves a burger and sweet potato fries after a long workout—yum.
King set an American record with an 83kg (182.9 lbs) lift in the snatch. The previous record was set by Tara Nott (82.5kg/181.8 lbs) in 2000 at the Sydney Olympics. She also added a 100kg lift in the clean and jerk to end with a total of 183.0kg (403.4 lbs), falling just 2kg (4.4 lbs) short of her personal best.
King is one of the strongest women in the United States. She’s able to hoist 100.0kg (220 lbs) in the clean and jerk, one of two Olympic lifts. (The “clean and jerk” lifts see athletes bring the weights to their breastplates, then overhead; the other Olympic lift, the “snatch”, sees the lifter hoist the weight from the ground to overhead in a single, clean motion. Together, these two lifts form a cumulative “total,” which determines rankings.) Her personal snatch record is 85.0kg (187 lbs), and her best performance total is 185.0kg (407 lbs), which she achieved at this year’s Pan Am Championships.
The 5-foot, 106-pound King is one of only four athletes — three female — representing the U.S. in weightlifting. Kendrick Farris, Sarah Robles and Jenny Arthur also are going to Brazil.
“She’s a fantastic athlete. She was a college soccer player, and she was doing triathlons at the time. We did a lot of strength stuff for CrossFit, and she puts on muscle so fast, it’s crazy,” Kruse said of King, who played soccer at Eastlake High School and Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, Calif.
No American weightlifter has won an Olympic medal since. In Rio, Morghan King hopes to break the drought. King competes in the lightest women's category, 48 kg (or 105.6 pounds). Remarkably, the 5-foot-tall Seattle native discovered the sport only four years ago, after college, when an acquaintance persuaded her to try CrossFit. King not only excelled, but she discovered another talent during the preliminary strength tests.