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Sunday, November 5, 2006

She's stronger than you are

MILFORD

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(Powerlifting champ and strongwoman Liane Blyn, Globe Staff Photo by Bill Polo)

Much of the time, elite athletes are elite at an early age, throwing 80-m.p.h. fastballs in Little League, say, or running marathons at age 12. Others like Liane Blyn of Milford, who is representing the United States at the world powerlifting championships beginning today in Norway, don't find their true calling until much later.

In her case, that call came 10 years ago when, at age 24, she met a man at a local gym who competed in so-called "strongman" competitions.

"He one day convinced me to come to his house to strongman train," said Blyn, who played field hockey and softball as a kid in Southwick and later as a student-athlete in college. She had thought her competitive career was behind her, but she changed her mind before the sun went down.

"I pulled my first truck, picked up my first stone, and flipped my first tire, and I was hooked ever since," she said.

Read more of correspondent Will Kilburn's story about Liane Blyn in today's Globe West.

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