Holley Mangold was dealing with injuries to both both wrists when she took to the lifting platform at the London Olympics over the weekend, hampered but not derailed by the ailments. New York Jets center Nick Mangold flew out to London to watch his younger sister compete, finally taking Rex Ryan up on his offer to excuse Nick Mangold for the competition. Holley Mangold placed 10th, quite a feat considering her injuries and relative inexperience in the sport of competitive weightlifting.
New York Jets center Nick Mangold traveled to London to see his sister, Holley Mangold, compete at the Summer Olympics, surely a proud moment for the Mangold family. Holley Mangold was hampered by wrist injuries, which surely put a damper on the experience since it's always disappointing to see someone work so hard only to be held back by injury, but she should be commended for her efforts nonetheless. Holley Mangold placed 10th in the 75-plus kg portion of the women's weightlifting competition.
Holley Mangold will be having surgery to repair a tendon she tore in her right wrist two days before leaving for London, in addition to having shoulder and knee injuries and similar injuries to her left wrist. Though obviously disappointing to be injured so close to the competition, Holley Mangold was dead-set on competing, and represented herself and her country well.
Nick Mangold certainly knows the feeling, having dealt with a nagging ankle injury for much of last season. Though he returned from the injury, it was still a factor in his play for several weeks after.
Nick Mangold was encouraged by the Jets organization to head across the pond and watch his sister compete live. Given her age, experience, and performance despite her injuries, Holley Mangold should be on track to make another run at the Olympics in four years if she chooses to do so.
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