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Professor Emeritus

Biomechanics and Physics

Emmy began weightlifting under the tutelage of Bob Takano in 1996 to help improve her performance in track & field where she was a scholarship athlete. She quickly developed a love for the sport and began competing. Within a short period of time she became one of the top female weightlifters in the United States and earned a spot as a Resident Athlete at the Olympic Training Center. 

Emmy competed at the national and international level for eleven years and served on the USA Weightlifting Board of Directors as the United States Olympic Committee Athlete Advisory Council Representative for 8 years (2008-2016).   Since her retirement as an athlete in 2008, Emmy's coaching career includes leading dozens of athletes to national competitions and 6 to international competitions. 

Competition Highlights

  • 3X Olympic Team Trials Participant (2008, 2004, 2000)

  • 2007 Pan Am Games Silver Medalist

  • 2007 World Championship Team Member

  • 2X University World Championships Silver Medalist (2005, 2004)

  • Pan American Championships Multiple Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalist (2006, 2002, 2001, 2000)

  • U.S. National Championships Multiple Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalist (2007-1999)

  • American Open Championships Multiple Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalist (2006-1998)

  • Coached by Bob Takano, Lyn Jones, Bob "No Mercy" Morris, Lisa Brien, and Ma Jianping