CORTLAND, N.Y. — It will take some flexibility on the part of New York Jets center Nick Mangold and perhaps a little heavy lifting of his own to be able to watch his sister Holley compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London over the next couple weeks. But the Pro Bowler is excited to see his sister compete on what he calls "the biggest stage there is."
Mangold and his Jets teammates opened training camp on Friday morning in the remote town of Cortland in upstate New York. Given the tight schedule of training camp, including three-hour-long practices in the morning followed by two team meals, meetings, film study, team building activities and reviewing the playbook, it will be next to impossible for Mangold to tune in live to see Holley compete as a weightlifter.
"We're still working on that. I'm going to try, it's going to be difficult with meetings but I'm trying to get it taped," Mangold told Yahoo! Sports.
Like a shrewd veteran, Mangold brought up a flat screen television with him for the three-week stay on the Cortland college campus, but even that may not help him watch his sister compete. The television does not come equipped with a DVR, so he is unable to record the events and watch later.
"I'm working with the team's video crew to get a copy," Mangold said.
"This whole thing is going to be a work in progress so I don't know how I'm going to do it but I will figure it out. It is going to be tricky and difficult what with timing and everything but we're going to work it out."
When news that Holley had made the Olympic team came out, Jets head coach Rex Ryan offered to let brother fly to London to watch his sister compete in-person. But Mangold declined, wanting to be present for the start of minicamp. If he's unable to watch her compete on the television, then he said that he will likely be checking his cell phone regularly during meetings for updates on how the competition is going.
He might even let out a cheer if Holley medals.
Mangold calls himself a "proud brother for sure" and counts himself impressed with how quickly his 23-year-old sister has progressed in the sport.
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"I knew she would put her mind to something she can accomplish and she has done some good things. She put her mind to this and she's doing pretty well. I want to see where she goes with it," Mangold said.
"We all thought it would come along in due time, I just didn't think it would happen this quickly.
"It's difficult being out in Jersey during the season and here now for training camp and her being in Ohio. Same with my other two sisters but we try to do our best."
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