World's strongest woman finally happy with her size
By Kim Junghyun and Jon Herskovitz
SEOUL (Reuters Life!) - South Korean weightlifting champion Jang Mi-ran battled with her size as a teenager, but now the world's strongest woman, as she is popularly known, has become a role model for heavy youngsters at home and abroad.
Jang won weightlifting gold at the Beijing Olympics in the super-heavyweight class with a series of record-setting lifts. Since then, the 125-kg (275 lb) athlete has become a national hero and an inspiration to other females.
Jang, who has a ready smile and a hearty laugh, spoke to Reuters about her life as an athlete and new-found celebrity.
Q: What is the best thing about being the world's strongest woman?
A: "I used to think that my size was a flaw before I started weightlifting. But after I started weightlifting, that has become my strongest point. Now I'm very pleased to be dubbed the world's strongest woman."
Q: What are the drawbacks? Do your friends ask you to help when they move or open jars?
A: "Well, not too often, fortunately. I think the strength I use for weightlifting is completely different than the strength needed for other tasks. I guess I'm not that exceptionally strong in doing everyday stuff."
Q: But still, can you easily open jars? Continued...