Ariel Stephens is a fast rising Olympic weightlifter based in Fort Mill, SC and competes for Team MDUSA, where she is coached by Don McCauley, Glenn Pendlay and Chris Wilkes. Ariel is currently the JTS Customer Service Rep and works as a nanny to support her athletic lifestyle. Ariel competed in swimming for the University of Hawaii-Manoa, before she started weightlifting in March 2012.
Ariel placed 4th overall at her first National Championships in July 2014 and is the 2014 American Open Champion. Her PRs of 118 kg in the Clean and Jerk and 95kg in the Snatch make her a formidable competitor in the 69kg weight class.
Watch for Ariel as she aims to qualify for the 2015 World Championships and the 2015 Grand Prix Event in China, in an effort for the 2016 Olympic stage in Rio de Janeiro.
Favorite Music to Listen to during Training
Gladiator Pandora Station
Favorite Non-Lifting Hobby
Painting w/ Water Colors
Mexican, Sushi and anything sweet
Non-Athlete I Admire
My parents. They’re so supportive of my endeavors and have taught me the meaning of independence and hard work.
Follow her on Instagram @a_m_strong