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Samantha Lower

Samantha Lower (formerly Turnbull), started her weightlifting career in 2003 in a Florida high school weightlifting program in Port Orange. She is a multi National Champion on the Youth, Junior, and University level, as well as a 2x World University Medalist (Silver 2007, Bronze 2010) and 2x American Open Champion. Competing internationally for Team USA 9 times so far, Samantha has goals of a 10th and to make her first Senior World Team.

Samantha was a resident athlete at the Olympic Training Center for two years, and then moving to USA Weightlifting’s High Performance Center for another three. As a 58kg lifter her best competition lifts are 83kg in the Snatch and 100kg in Clean and Jerk, and she has just recently dropped to the 53kg class.

Based out of Austin, TX, she and her husband, Thomas, own and operate Lower Weightlifting which encompasses a competitive team, daily Olympic classes, and a youth development program.

Favorite Training Song
Pretty much anything Ke$ha or something fun and upbeat I can dance to.

Favorite Hobby
Spending time with my husband and our 3 pups! We love to be out on the water and do a lot of Paddle Boarding as our active recovery!

Favorite Quote
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion’.” ― Muhammad Ali