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Mary Stack

Mary Stack

London 2012 will be Mary Stack’s fourth time competing on Team USA in powerlifting. She comes to the Games with medals at numerous competitions, including a first place in the 2010 IPC Powerlifting National Meet, and bronze in the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

In December 2007, Mary broke the American powerlifting record with a lift of 118 kg, more than 5 kg higher than the previous record.

At age 9, Mary was diagnosed with Pseudohypoparathyroidism, a genetic disease where the body makes too much parathyroid hormone. The effects of the disease include short stature, obesity, soft-tissue calcifications, and shortened fourth metacarpals and other bones of the hands and feet.

Stack had difficulty with physical activities as a child, until she tried weightlifting in high school. Mary won her first powerlifting competition and she took first at nationals as a high school senior. She has excelled at powerlifting ever since.

And she’s found community among elite athletes with disabilities. "I am no longer the shy kid in the corner," she says.

Mary currently works at the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living as the sports and recreation coordinator. She will be blogging for MEDAL QUEST in June.

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