Schoolgirl Strong: 16-year-old Girl Makes Weightlifting History

DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 06: Zoe Smith of England competes in the women's 58kg group A weightlifting at the JN Sports Complex during day three of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 6, 2010 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Last Wednesday, Zoe Smith became the first Englishwoman ever to win a weightlifting medal in the Commonwealth Games.

Oh, and she’s only 16.

In Smith’s first appearance at the senior games, she has made weightlifting history not only by medaling, but also by becoming the youngest athlete ever to take part in the Commonwealth Games weightlifting competition.

Smith won her bronze medal during this year’s games after lifting 187 pounds in the snatch and 233 pounds in the clean and jerk.

Since beginning her weightlifting career at 12-years-old, Smith has held various records and taken the titles of several age-group competitions, including winning the gold medal during the 2008 Youth Commonwealth Games. She hopes to continue her success in the 2012 Olympics.

I’ll be channeling Zoe Smith in all my future stubborn-jar-opening endeavors.