In this photo made Monday, July 11, 2011, Kulsoom Abdullah is shown between lifts during a training session at Crossfit gym in Atlanta, Ga. Abdullah’s Ph.D. from Georgia Tech and black belt in ... more 
In this photo made Monday, July 11, 2011, Kulsoom Abdullah is shown between lifts during a training session at Crossfit gym in Atlanta, Ga. Abdullah’s Ph.D. from Georgia Tech and black belt in taekwondo are proof she doesn’t back away from challenges. Abdullah on Friday will become the first woman to compete in the national weightlifting championships while wearing clothing that covers her legs, arms and head, in keeping with her Muslim faith. (AP Photo/Joey Ivansco) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Joey Ivansco
Wed, Jul 13, 2011 1:01 PM EDT