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Kristel Ngarlem is a three-time senior Canadian champion, junior world junior champion and triple medalist at the world weightlifting championships. More recently, she reached eighth place at the World Weightlifting Championships (2018), first qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Kristel’s jourmey is very atypical. Unlike young athletes inspired by Olympians, Kristel was introduced to her sport by watching the movie "The Mysterious Miss C", the popular Quebec film in which a young weightlifter is a key character. To the great despair of her mother, she gives up figure skating and becomes a 10-year-old weightlifter. At 13, she participated in her first Senior National Championships.
In the summer of 2014, the 19-year-old Kristel offered an excellent performance at the World Junior Championships in Kazan, Russia, where she broke her personal best at the 115 kg. At the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, she finished 5th in the combine. A year later, at the World Junior Championships in Wroclaw, Poland, Kristel won two bronze medals, a feat that very few Canadians have achieved.
In the summer of 2016, Kristel finished her junior career with the title of vice-champion of the world.
In addition to training, Kristel is currently studying at the University of Montreal in Criminology and Victimology.
Kristel wants to be a model for young girls and hopes to motivate them to play a sport they love, no matter what others think. She loves to challenge stereotypes and likes to prove that weightlifting can be a women's sport!
Determined more than ever, Kristel is currently training tirelessly to qualify for the 2020 Olympics.
- Three-time senior Canadian champion
- Two bronze medals at the World Junior Championships
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