United States weightlifter Sara Robles made history on Sunday night, becoming the first American weightlifter to win an Olympic medal since 2000.
Although an Olympic medal was the ultimate goal, Robles admits she was just aiming to have her best day on the biggest stage.
“I wasn’t really thinking about medals I just really thinking about having Sarah’s day,” Robles explained to USA Weightlifting. “if it got me medals, cool, if it didn’t then at least I had the best day. You can’t complain when you do your absolute best.
“We’re here for the process and we’re here for the learning experiences and we’re here to represent our country and that day I was crying my eyes out thinking about my own experiences. I had an overwhelming sense of American pride and Olympism.”
Though this is a big accomplishment for her, Robles hopes her medal serves as inspiration for others.
“I think what happened tonight is a phenomenal thing,” Robles said “It’s a great thing for weightlifting as a sport. It’s a great thing for women. It’s a great thing for women of size.”
On Instagram, Robles says she celebrated her big win with “protein drinks and a call to grandma”