Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

July 13, 2008

Local Girl Makes Good

While we are not going to watch the Olympics because of the Tibet issue with China, I do want to do a shout out to Bonney Lake's very own Olympian, Melanie Roach. We are both rooting for her and hope she comes home with the gold. Even any medal would be a huge honor.

This is Melanie, her hubby Dan who is a Republican state representative in our district, and their 3 kids, one of whom is autistic. They own Roach Gymnastics in Sumner, so I bet anything that she will be referred to as being from Sumner instead of Bonney Lake. I mean, we just got our own zip code 2 years ago and used to share Sumner's, so although our town is growing like gangbusters, most of the time we're just lumped in w/ Sumner.

So take a good look at her and tell me what sport in which you think she will be competing?
Nope. Not gymnastics. She is an award winning gymnast, but that's not her Olympic sport.........
It's not track and field either. Or any other sport in which you would think to find a 33 year old, 5'1", 117 lb entrepreneur and mother of three...........
She's going for the gold in weightlifting. Yes, that's right, that tiny little lady is a powerhouse of strength and is #1 in her class.

Needless to say, next time we need to move our ginormous and extremely heavy television, I'm going to give Melanie a call. lol

Good luck to Melanie and the Roach team. Go get 'em girl. Knock 'em dead!!!
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  1. WOW...She looks amazing! Good Luck to her.

  2. no way!! that is so cool, way to go melanie!!

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  4. (I screwed up my comment up top.)

    Well... I'm going to watch, despite reservations with China. I refuse to give up my Olympics because of them.

    She totally looks like she's a pint-sized powerhouse. I hope she does well.

  5. Wow ... I was thinking swimming, but never thought that! How very cool!

  6. wow i was going to guess, swimming, but in no way would i EVER have thought of weight lifting...tons of luck to her

  7. FAR OUT!!!!!! I love it! I'll be looking for her!

  8. My next-door neighbour is a former powerlifter and shot-putter. She went to several Olympics, but never won a medal there, though she did win some Commonwealth Games medals, including a gold.

    Her job? A prison guard in a men's prison.

  9. well dang. i actually probably would've guessed that. she has the body built for it, she's just short. i hope she gets the gold! you go sista girl!


  10. Anonymous3:13 PM

    Good luck lady, I can barely lift my own weight (from a sitting position) these days ;0)

  11. Anonymous5:03 PM

    Wow! Strong women rock!

    I'll also be rooting for Dana Torres. She's the 41 year old mom who kicked butt and won a spot on the Olympic swim team.

  12. I read about her in the local paper, and am familiar with Roach gymnastics. (my younger daughter was a competitive gymnast for years at Grace Gym/Lakewood YMCA) I have two friends who live on Bonney Lake. I love driving up there when Mount Rainier is out. However, I want to just park my car in the turn lane to look at the mountain filling up the sky!