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"I have competed almost my whole life in sports and I needed something new and different to compete in and see if I could get better."

So thirty nine year old speech language pathologist Nichole Scala tried cross fit. But when she heard about Olympic lifting at the world masters games in Turin, Italy, she decided to train for it.  And it surprised her two sons.

"They were so nervous for me my little one couldn't even look he had to have his head down and not watching me so they had fun," said Scala.

Once she tried Olympic lifting, she couldn't stop.

"I had to challenge myself and learning how to do something new an it's just fun it's kind of addicting. You want to keep getting higher and higher weights and just keep getting better and better and so I enjoyed it it's fun," said Scala.

When Nichole qualified for the world masters games in Italy, the competition was large.

"Those bigger ladies can generally move more weight it was intimidating they were big girls," said Scala.

Nichol placed third, and came back with more mental toughness.

"I learned to handle pressure a little bit better because you're out there by yourself the room's silent and just being able to manage that stress and pressure has helped," said Scala. 

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