Eugene Weightlifters Return From Barcelona With Gold Medals

Sep 21, 2018

Three Eugene weightlifters have come back from a global competition, with gold.

Melissa Doherty, pumping iron.
Credit OregonWeightlifting.com

Melissa Doherty, Holly Arrow, and Mary Colasanto took top honors in their weight and age categories at the World Masters Weightlifting Championships in Barcelona.

On a recent “Think Out Loud” segment, Doherty said her gold medal win is still sinking in.

Melissa Doherty at KLCC.
Credit Brian Bull / KLCC

“I went there with no expectations, you never know who’s going to show up and how intense the competition is going to be," says Doherty.

"You never know how you’re going to lift on that day. I think I realized probably before my last lift, based on how the next closest competitor had done, but it’s a process.  It takes a while to get used to the idea.”

At 56, Doherty says she’ll continue with competitive weightlifting.  She’s also co-owner of Eastside Barbell in Springfield, and works as an ER doctor.

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