Jets' Nick Mangold will watch sister compete in London Olympics
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Nick Mangold is on his way to London after all.
The Jets center originally did not plan on making the trip to watch his younger sister, Holley, compete in the Olympic weightlifting competition, explaining that he did not want to let his teammates down by missing time in training camp. But Mangold changed his mind, posting on his Twitter account this morning that he is on his way to support his sister.
Coach Rex Ryan gave Mangold permission to go months ago, and wasn't taking no for an answer.
"We're not there yet, but I am laying the guilt trip on him and everything else," Ryan said Wednesday. "You know what? His teammates understand. I think they are pushing him as well. It is not just me."
The U.S. women's weightlifting team's medal competition is Sunday. The Jets have their Green and White scrimmage tonight and are off tomorrow.
CBSSports.com first reported Mangold's decision.
Thanks to the persistent pestering of his coach and teammates Nick Mangold boarded a plane to London this morning so he can watch his sister, Holley Mangold, compete in the olympics tomorrow. Originally Nick wasn't going to make the trip. He wanted to, but with Holley scheduled to compete smack dab in the middle of training camp Nick thought it was more important that he stayed here with his team and his sister understood.
"I'd choose training over going to one of his games, so I totally understand it." Holley told Fourth-Place medal, according to the Daily Herald. "It's a bummer,...
London Olympics: Jets Nick Mangold relaxed and ready to watch his sister Holley
You think it would be stressful watching your kid sister go for gold. But Nick Mangold, a cold Heineken in his hand, said he was looking forward to watching Holley compete in the Olympic weightlifting competition on Sunday.
"Actually, I enjoy sitting there because I have no control over it," the Jets center said before the competition. "It’s a fantastic feeling to watch something I have no control over it. I get a lot more nervous when I’m competing myself. This is relaxing."
Mangold originally said he wasn't going to make the long flight to London because he didn't want to leave training camp. But consistent pressure from head coach Rex Ryan to leave -- plus the consent of his teammates -- made him change his mind. He caught a flight on Saturday night and will return on Monday morning.
"God bless Rex, having his blessing is great," Mangold said. "But if everybody stares at you like, ‘You’re leaving us?’ that’s ridiculous. It wouldn’t have been right. Talking to the guys, they were real supportive of me coming."
Mangold said the message from Ryan was simple: "He told me, ‘It’s family. As much as football is a large part of our lives, that can go away. Family will never go away.’ He preached on that pretty well. And as much as I feel like this season is going to come and go, I want to make sure we’re in the right spot for it. We’ve had some good arguments back and forth."
Holley Mangold is not expected to medal, but her brother likes her attitude. As for the strongest in the family, we'll never know for sure.
"Of course I’m going to say I’m stronger, but I will never actually do the lift because I feel as though my superiors will be pretty angry if I blow out my back trying to do that," the Jets center said. "It’s definitely difficult."