Posts Tagged ‘World Arm Wrestling Championships

02
Sep
09

I Could Take Her

AshleyRomeroAt less than a year old, an injury left Ashley Romero paralyzed from the waist down; at age 5 she participated in her first arm-wrestling competition.

Today, the girl-next-door-cute 18-year-old is able to walk, although with a noticeable limp, but it is the arm-wrestling that is taking her places. She left on Saturday for Porto Viro, Italy for the 31st annual World Arm Wrestling Championships as a member of the US team.

As a high school freshman she won an arm-wrestling championship at the New Mexico state fair, leading her to Team USA and joining their team.

Since joining the big leagues, success hasn’t always been easy.

“This will be my second year to compete in the world championships,” Ashley said. “Last year I competed in Canada. I broke my left arm in the championship round of the 55-kilogram division (121 pounds). I was competing against this girl from Sweden. As the match went on I heard a loud pop. I just thought the referee hit the table. It was not until I saw my opponent gasp that I knew something was wrong.”

She tried lifting her arm but could instead only feel the bone in the upper arm move. OW!

At the championships last year she qualified as both a left-hander and a right-hander, but after the injury this year she’ll settle for just going out as a right-hander.

I’m not scared. Bring it on!

[QC Sun]




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