Estero woman defies injuries, represents Team USA in weightlifting championship

‘Weight’ till you see how much Janine Giovinazzi can lift.

“Throwing the heavy weight around and it’s just so exciting,” Giovinazzi said. “I mean strength is for everyone. It doesn’t matter who you are. How old you are.”

Giovinazzi, 55 years old, works as a graphic designer in Estero. But, she will be taking a break from her work to represent Team USA in the World Masters Weightlifting Championship this weekend in Montreal, Canada.

Janine Giovinazzi is about to represent 'Team USA' in the 'Olympics of weightlifting' for athletes over 35-years-old. (Credit: Janine Giovinazzi)
Janine Giovinazzi is about to represent ‘Team USA’ in the ‘Olympics of weightlifting’ for athletes over 35-years-old. (Credit: Janine Giovinazzi)

You can see her competing Sunday around noon, in the division for the athletes between the ages of 55 to 59.

WATCH: Live stream of the World Masters Weightlifting Championship, starting around noon on Sunday

Representing our country is a childhood dream come true for the 5’0″ woman, who sets her goals high. As a child, she was always in competitive sports. Giovinazzi had a special place in her heart for the athletes representing the USA in the Olympics. She imagined herself on top of the podium representing her country.

Giovinazzi had to overcome adversity to make it Team USA. She first started lifting in her 50’s and has had knee and shoulder injuries, setting her back, testing her dedication and resolve.

“My PR right after my injury is now my warm-up weight, so every meet my numbers are consistently going up,” said Giovinazzi, referring to her personal record. “I hope to continue this as long as I’m able to physically.”

Giovinazzi hopes her moves motivate others to overcome their obstacles, inspiring people to become better versions of themselves. It is a strong message coming from a strong woman.

“When I post videos and people tell me, even if I get one person that says you inspired me, that means something,” Giovinazzi said. “If I inspire just one person and maybe they get out and try it, just to try it and get out of your comfort zone.”

Reporter:Melinda Lee
Writer:Michael Mora
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