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					                                                                                       the “clean and jerk”
                                                                                       competitions in her
                                                                                       division.
                                                                                             In the “snatch,” an
                                                                                       event in which a
                                                                                       weightlifter lifts a barbell
                                                                                       from the platform to a
                                                                                       locked arm position
                                                                                       overhead in a single
                                                                                       smooth, continuous
                                                                                       movement, Goad lifted
                                                                                       about 48 pounds — her
                                                                                       own body weight.
                                                                                             In the more
                                                                                       technical “clean and jerk”
                                                                                       event, the weightlifter
                                                                                       “cleans” the weight by
                                                                                       pulling it from the floor
                                                                                       to his/her chest without
                                                                                       allowing it to touch any
                                                                                       other part of the body
                                                                                       and “jerks” the bar into
                                                                                       the air, positioning
                                                                                       him/herself under the




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                                                                                       bar as it reaches its
                                                                                       maximum height
                                                                                       overhead. In this event,
                                                                                       Goad lifted more than
                                                                                       her own weight —
                                                                                       approximately 52.8
                                                                                       pounds.
                                                                                             Schwarzenegger was
                                                                                       present to see Goad’s
                                                                                       lifts and even asked for a


       SYDNEY GOAD IS                                                                  repeat performance. He
                                                                                       presented her with her
                                                                                       award.
                                                                                             “When he gave me



       DYNAMITE                                                                        my award, he said, ‘She
                                                                                       deserves it,’” Goad said.




       IN A SMALL PACKAGE           By Megan Almon


      D     ynamite — more times than not
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                                               Columbus, Ohio earlier this year.
                                                   Her performance was so
                                               impressive, she was chosen to
           At 10 years old and only 48         demonstrate her abilities for none
      pounds, Sydney Goad of Newnan is         other than Arnold Schwarzenegger, for
      living proof.                            whom the competition is named.
           A member of Robin’s Sports              Though the 10-year-old didn’t
      Academy’s national junior                know of Schwarzenegger’s fame, she
      weightlifting team, Goad competed at     was impressed with his size.
      the Arnold Sports Festival: The Sports       “He was big,” she said.
      Festival That Makes Fitness Fun, in          Goad won both the “snatch” and



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Robin was a member of the U.S.
weightlifting team at the 2000
Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
      Her parents competed with her
at the Arnold Sports Festival. Dean,
whose performance secured a spot at
the national competition, said he had
more fun coaching his daughter than
competing himself.
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Dean said.
      Sydney trains twice a week with
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her teammates — Lauren Ferguson,                               and more!
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      “Weightlifting is extremely safe
with the proper technique,” said
Dean.
      Sydney knows a lot about
technique.
      Like her mother, who began
weightlifting at 12 years of age to
improve her gymnastics abilities,                            ...and the
Sydney is also a competitive gymnast.      Coweta County Fairgrounds
      She trains 12 hours per week at         and Conference Center
the Newnan School of Gymnastics
                                                        is located on
and Cheerleading.
      One of her gymnastics coaches,            Pine Road in Newnan.
Tripp Almon, described Sydney as
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