At the age of twelve, Olha Korobka started lifting at her school gym, occasionally stopping by to lift, then becoming a passionate weightlifter. Four years later at the 2003 World Championships, she finished eighth; one year later she won the bronze medal. At the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, she made an unofficial Olympic mark for the heaviest woman competing, weighing in at 364 pounds.
Cheryl Haworth, a United States weightlifter, admits an existing feud between the two lifters, saying "The Ukranian girl and I are kind of rivals. Since I've been injured, she has six or seven championship medals that belong to me. In those competitions, she failed to even meet my best total. She's in the third-place spot right now, and I believe in the very least that that's where I belong."
Liu Chunhong changed from Judo to weightlifting in 1996, and joined the national team in 2002 after entering the Shandong Provincial Weightlifting Team in 1998. In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she lifted 128 kilograms in the snatch lift, and became the first Chinese woman to achieve a world record in weightlifting. After her last attempt, she said, "The opponent was not as strong as we had imagined, however, I just concentrated on my own performance."