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Power Lifting Granny was a powerlifter from Season 10 of America's Got Talent. She was eliminated in the audition round.


Sandra Foli is the Power Lifting Granny, a woman from Bloomington, Illinois. In 2013, she set a powerlifting record in her age group.  Foli completed a clean deadlift of 181.5 pounds at a recent competition. "She went out there and put up a pretty serious weight for a woman of her age," Foli's trainer, Chad Hobbs, said. "It's an inspiration to a lot of people, where so many people become sedentary later on in life, she's doing something about it."

Even more amazing, Foli only picked up the sport just five years prior in 2008, after suffering from septic shock. "I said I just need to get fit after my illness," Foli said. "It was touch and go for awhile, but I fought it and I recovered." The grandmother says she's going to continue training and hopes to break her own record. "I see people one or two years older than me in a wheelchair, and I don't ever want to be there," Foli says. [1]


Power Lifting Granny's audition in Episode 1005 consisted of power lifting 185 pounds. Howie Mandel, Howard Stern, Heidi Klum and Mel B all voted "No," eliminating the act from the competition.


Power Lifting Granny (Sandra Foli) passed away on November 5, 2015. [2]