Just because Sarah Robles competes in a sport dominated by men, it doesn't mean she wants to look like one.
But at 5-foot-10 and 270 pounds, America's top-ranked weightlifter says she mostly wears workout clothes made for men because women's athletic attire rarely comes in her size.
''I'm wearing a dude's jacket right now. And a dude's shirt. Dude's sandals. A dude's hat. I've got a dude's watch. I've got a dude's everything,'' Robles said during a training session in London this week with coach Joe Micela.
On Sunday, she and U.S. teammate Holley Mangold will compete in the women's super heavyweight division. Both say they hope the Olympic spotlight will give their sport more recognition in the U.S., which hasn't won a weightlifting medal since 2000.
Robles, a 24-year-old Californian who trains in Arizona, says the Olympics also give her a forum to encourage the fashion industry to make a greater variety of athletic clothes for plus-sized women.
It's an issue she often discusse...