NICKNAME: The Black Scorpion
HOMETOWN: Syracuse, NY
FAVORITE ARM-WRESTLING TECHNIQUE: Top Secret
YEARS COMPETING IN THE SPORT: 1 year 3 months
FAMILY: Married with 4 kids & 3 grandkids
HOBBIES: The grandkids
FAVORITE TRAINING TECHNIQUE: Close grip chins
INTERESTING FACT OR EXPERIENCE THAT HELPED SHAPE LIFE: Michelle beat two different aggressive cancers in the last 6 years and leads a Thyca (Thyroid Cancer) Support Group in Syracuse. She hates mentioning this, but she knows how helpless and confused she felt when diagnosed. According to her, "The point is you can bounce back and I want people, especially women, to know that!"
UNIQUE FACT: "I never competed before this."
MOTTO: “Are we going to do this or what?”
BIGGEST ARM-WRESTLING ACCOMPLISHMENT: 3rd Place at the WAL Championships in Vegas.
FAVORITE ARM-WRESTLING MEMORY: "I went to train with the Larratts up north. I walked up to Devon and said “Hi, I’m Michelle” and he said “I know who you are …” That and having Dave Chaffee know you and that you placed in Vegas sets you back, they are superstars and they know you!"
BEST ADVICE RECEIVED: “You should try arm wrestling!” -James Reid & Bart Wood
BIGGEST OBSTACLE FACED AND OVERCAME: "Thyroid Cancer. Forget the fact that you had cancer, now they removed a gland that affects the function of virtually every organ in our body. The real battle started after they removed it... getting the meds, diet and training right. It’s still a battle and it changes constantly."