Powerlifting is a non traditional sport and one local had quite a run in a sport where only the strong survive. Jennie Hollier Faucheaux my have only been 114 pounds during her competition days but this petite brunette was a powerhouse when it came to throwing the plates around and it all started at young age.
"When I was eight years old we had a gym in our house and I worked out and I wanted to be just like them. My brother would show off my muscles to the neighborhood kids and I thought it was so cool," said Faucheaux.
Jennie played sports as a youngster but knew she had a gift when it came to lifting. "I always knew I was stronger than a lot of the people I competed with," said Faucheaux.
During her UL days she set and to this day still holds school records in her weight class in the squat, bench and deadlift. To this day she gets pumped up just talking about those days. "Even though I have not competed in a while I get that adrenaline flow," said Faucheaux.
"In 2003 Jennie set the American Collegiate squat record. She squatted 335 pounds and on that lift she blew out her knee and still finished the lift. It was her last squat," said UL powerlifting coach Travis Werner.
The two qualities you need to compete at the highest level in powerlifting, Hollier Faucheaux possessed. "Genetics and work ethic. We get a lot of athletes that have one but Jennie was that rare lifter that had both." said Werner.
This Ragin' Cajun lifting record holder says the sport seems to be catching on with more and more girls
"It looks like today more girls are doing it. It's not just a stereotype. All types of girls are doing it." said Faucheaux