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Mother and son compete for spots in weightlifting national finals

Posted at 7:51 PM, Sep 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-13 22:51:00-04

Carlee Fuller and her 16-year-old son Jaden Sanchez are both Olympic weightlifters.

Fuller runs a club out of her home where she coaches students, including her son, in weightlifting.

Sanchez is a junior at Bakersfield High School and in addition to weightlifting, is also a member of the varsity football and wrestling team, all while keeping a 4.1 GPA. He got into weightlifting after watching his mother practice.

The mother and son say weightlifting has brought them together, making them more like best friends than a typical parent/child relationship would have.

"I just feel super lucky because the kid is my best friend," said Fuller.