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On a Power(lifting) Trip; Crofton Woman Competing for World Title
[FINAL Edition]
The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Subjects: Tournaments & championships; Weightlifting
Author: Alter, Cathy
Date: May 24, 2001
Start Page: T.03
Section: ANNE ARUNDEL EXTRA

When she is training for a competition, Suzanne "Sioux-z" Hartwig spends a lot of time in the kitchen. But instead of tying an apron around her waist, Hartwig is more likely to strap on a thick leather weightlifting belt. And the only plates she's handling in the former kitchen of the Phelps Community Center in Laurel are made out of metal and weigh in at 100 pounds apiece.

As Hartwig takes a five-minute break between sets, Veronica Aguila, a 22-year-old with a pale blue streak in her hair, takes a turn on the bench. As [Kirk Karwoski] spots, Hartwig and the tattooed duo, their arms folded respectfully, yell encouragement: "Come on, V! Push it back! There you go!"

Both Hartwig and Aguila crush the stereotype that a female powerlifter should look like Jim Carey in pigtails and string bikini. Hartwig proudly offers a Team U.S.A. photograph taken at a competition in Norway. There, amid guys with huge necks and dark- haired women with broad, serious expressions, is Hartwig and her Maryland teammates, shiny-haired and radiant.

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