Holley Mangold, sister of starting Jets centre Nick Mangold, is an Olympic weightlifter.Holley, who says she can out-lift Nick in the weight room, qualified to compete in London this year in the heavyweight division.
But Nick won’t be in attendance when she tries to win a medal in London, despite coach Rex Ryan offering to give him time off.
The event coincides with the beginning of Jets training camp, and the centre has picked preseason preparation over supporting his sister.
Mangold had this explanation, according to the New York Post.
“That’s a long jump over the pond in the middle of August. We’re going to make sure I can watch it and everything. I’ll support her the best I can…. If it was a week earlier, I would have been there. It’s just how the schedule worked out.“
Ryan says he’s still going to try and convince Mangold to go to the Olympics. Mangold has been in the NFL since 2006, so surely he can afford to miss a few days of training camp.
“I don’t think he realised this is an amazing thing, it really is…. I think it’s an incredible opportunity for her and him as well.”
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