NJ Weightlifter Overcomes All Odds

NJ Weightlifter Overcomes All Odds


CBS2’S STEVE OVERMYER HAS MORE ON AN ORDINARY WOMAN WITH AN EXTRAORDINARY STORY. Reporter: FLASHING A PLAYFUL SMILE, ALY WEISMAN APPEARS TYPICAL FOR HER AGE BUT HER PATH IN LIFE IS ANYTHING BUT. IN THIS CONVERTED FABRICATION PLANT, SHE MADE HER OWN TRANSFORMATION. A LOT OF PEOPLE TELL ME I AM SO TINY. HOW ARE YOU LIFTING THAT MUCH? Reporter: THIS TINY ATHLETE IS USED TO BEING UNDERESTIMATED. HER SMALL STATURE BELIES HER RUB OUR. SHE IS ONE OF THE STRONGEST WOMEN IN AMERICA. SHE COMPETES IN THE CLEAN AND JERKED. I GO DOWN AND THEN YOU PUT YOUR FEET TOGETHER. Reporter: YOU GET TO THROW THE WEIGHTS DOWN ON THE GROUND. THAT IS THE BEST PART. Reporter: IT IS LIKE YOUR DROP THE MIC MOMENT. THIS YEAR, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN THE USA WITH ACTING CHAMPIONSHIPS, FEMALE COMPETITORS HAVE THE MEN OUTNUMBERED. ALY MADE IT ALL THE WAY TO THE JUNIOR NATIONAL WEIGHTLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIPS. IT IS AN AMAZING ACHIEVEMENT CONSIDERING SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH TRANSVERSE MELLITUS WHICH IS A NEUROLOGICAL DID ORDER — DISORDER IN THE SPINE WERE MOST PATIENTS AND UP UNABLE TO WALK. THEY TOLD ME I COULD HAVE BEEN PARALYZED. Reporter: IF I WERE IN THAT SITUATION, IT WOULD BE EASY TO LAY IN BED. IT WOULD BE EASY TO FEEL DOWN. DID YOU? I FELT BAD FOR MYSELF A LITTLE BIT. I WAS NOT MYSELF FOR A FEW WEEKS. I WAS UNHAPPY AND FRUSTRATED. I COULD NOT DO WHAT I WANTED WHICH WAS COME HERE. Reporter: FOR THE PAST YEAR AND A HALF SHE HAS WORKED HER WAY OUT OF THE HOSPITAL BED AND INTO SHAPE. I HAD THE CHOICE OF SITTING IN MY BED AND FEELING BAD FOR MYSELF OR GETTING MY STRENGTH BACK. Reporter: NOW, AFTER STARING DOWN PARALYSIS, SHE HAS NEVER BEEN STRONGER. THE FACT THAT I WAS IN THAT BED MAYBE NOT ABLE TO WALK AGAIN IF THEY DID NOT SEE YOU SOON ENOUGH, IT IS INSANE. Reporter: COMING SO CLOSE TO WHAT WE’LL TAKE FOR GRANTED INSPIRED HER TO RISE TO NEW HEIGHTS AND HOPEFULLY LEAVE OTHERS WITH A MESSAGE OF EMPOWERMENT. I HOPE THAT MORE PEOPLE SEE THIS AND UNDERSTAND THAT YOU CAN PUSH YOURSELF AND ACHIEVE SO MUCH MORE IF YOU TRY AS HARD AS POSSIBLE. Reporter: ALY SAYS DOCTORS HAVE GIVEN HER A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH AND ARE CONFIDENT HER QUICK RECOVERY MEANS THIS RARE DISORDER WILL NOT REAPPEAR. SHE IS CURRENTLY TRAINING FOR HER NEXT EVENT IN JUNE AND SHE IS HOPING TO QUALIFY OR THE AMERICAN OPEN IN DECEMBER. WE WISH HER THE BEST OF LUCK. WHAT AN AMAZING STORY FOR HER TO COME ALL THE WAY BACK TO ENTER INTO THIS SPORT AND TURN INTO SUCH AN INCREDIBLE YOUNG LADY. SHE TALKS ABOUT IT LIKE IT WAS SO EVER LET — EFFORTLESS. SHE WAS LIFTING MORE THAN

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