Olympic hopeful Melanie Roach is a bad ass mama jama. The mom of three kids (one of whom is severely autistic) can lift 238 pounds over her head, says the New York Times. She's only 5'1'' and weighs 117 pounds, and she was all set to try out for the 2000 Olympics when a herniated disc in her back ruined her chances. Melanie's husband, Washington state legislator Dan, has been instrumental in her recuperation. According to the Times, "From 1 a.m. to 4 a.m., Dan takes care of Drew (th couple's autistic son), when he often throws what the family calls parties, jumping on the bed, opening and shutting the bedroom door 20 times, breaking into fits of giggles." [NYT]


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