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Olympic weightlifter to young girls: 'Your brain and your heart are what matters the most'

EUGENE, Ore. - A two-time Olympic athlete visited Eugene on Friday with a message for young girls.

Sarah Robles won bronze in weightlifting at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

She took a break from training to speak to youth service providers at the Stronger Than You Know conference put on by Ophelia's Place.

The organization teaches positive body image and self-esteem to adolescent girls.

Robles shared her own experience of overcoming body shaming and bullying.

"Your body is just a transportation system for your brain," she said. "And your brain and your heart are what matters the most. And that's what makes you who you are. It's not the outside stuff."

"What a role model," said Amy Tuski, a school counselor in the Bethel School District. "For my own daughters, for other youth, for anyone really who is overcoming obstacles and trying to better their lives."

Ophelia's Place puts on events throughout the year. The next one - "It's Rocket Science!" - is about women and science, coming up in April. Visit the organization's website for more information.


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