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Holley Mangold to be featured on “Real Sports” Tuesday
On Tuesday night, Nick Mangold’s younger sister will be featured on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”
Holley Mangold, 22, sits down with Mary Carillo to talk about everything from her weight, to her love of football growing up, and her quest to be an Olympic gold medalist in London this summer.
The 5-8, 350-pound Mangold was featured last year on an episode of MTV’s “True Life” documentary series, entitled “I’m a Big Girl.” But during her chat with Carillo, it’s clear Holley has no qualms about her appearance.
“I’ve always been big. I’m really good with it,” she said with a smile. “I don’t need people to see me as some awesome athlete, muscular person. If you want to judge me, by all means, go ahead. I’m probably judging you right back.”
Nick Mangold also was featured in the “Real Sports” segment.
Asked if he’s surprised how much weight his sister -- who earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team by hoisting 320 pounds in the clean-and-jerk event -- can lift, the Jets center replied in typical, big brother fashion. “It’s a good amount,” he said, before adding, “I can still beat her. As the older brother, I can always, always win.”
And he has no doubt Holley can out-lift members of his football team, too.
“Oh, definitely,” Nick said without hesitation.
(No word, though, on whether two of those teammates are Dustin Keller and Tim Tebow, voted the top-rated weightlifters on the Jets.)
Nick said he never worried about Holley getting picked on by teammates and opposing players, even when she became Ohio’s first female high school offensive lineman.
“I knew that she could handle it,” he said of his sister, whose fun-loving personality and snarkiness translates into comedic gold on screen. “It was never a question that somebody might try to hit her harder, because I think she would hit them, more hard.”
The depth of Holley’s self-confidence and inner strength is rarely seen in young adults, particularly girls. “It’s impressive,” Nick noted. “It’s tough to find with anybody -- being able to say, I like who I am. Just the comfortableness with yourself.”
The episode -- which also features segments on former NBA head coach Phil Jackson, track and field Olympian Lopez Lomong and the "Isle of Man" race between Great Britain and Ireland -- airs today (June 19) at 10 p.m. on HBO.