Desert Hot Springs Residents Cheer on Hometown Olympian
A former Desert Hot Springs woman goes for gold in the women's weightlifting competition at the Olympics.
Enthusiastic Desert Hot Springs residents cheer on Olympian Sarah Robles.
"I got on facebook and tweeted her, facebooked her, gmailed her and so got a response saying she was going to do her best, so yeah hopefully she wins the gold and brings it home," said Desert Hot Springs resident, Josie Rizzio.
And just next door to where fans watched her compete, Sarah went to to elementary school at Edward Wenzlaff as well as Two Bunch Palms Elementary.
"To have Sarah call Desert Hot Springs her hometown was a big thing for Desert Hot Springs, something positive that we wanted the residents to come out and support her, and give her all the rooting and cheering on so we could give her for this Olympics," said Chairman of the the Community and Cultural Affairs Commission, George Fisher.
Sarah went to San Jacinto High School, but also calls Desert Hot Springs her hometown.
So a couple dozen residents got up at sunrise to watch together the live webstream of her competition.
"I think it's absolutely wonderful, and that people came out here this morning at the crack of dawn to watch Sarah perform. Her roots here in Desert Hot Springs is even that much more exciting," said Desert Hot Springs Mayor, Yvonne Parks.
7-year-old Collete was impressed by Sarah's performance.
"I think I could try to do it someday too."
But maybe on second thought...
"I like to go swimming sometimes so I'm thinking instead of weightlifting, I'll be on the swim team," said Collete.
Local fans cheered at Sarah's lifts, and moaned at the failed attempts.
Fingers crossed for the last one...and Sarah completed it to come in 7th place with a combined score for her two best lifts of 265 kilograms, or 584 pounds.
A big lift that residents are proud of.