Elite #1 Linda Ponce
Linda Ponce Linda "Chica Loca" Ponce was our first Elite on the women's side and I believe our first National Champion. Shortly after joining Diablo, Linda's lifts exploded culminating with a performance of 473 squat, 225 Bench and 440 Deadlift to win Nationals in the Open Division 148lb class. Even though Linda was 45 at the time she competed in the open division (a Diablo "rule" for many years...no hiding behind age group divisions). Although Linda's powerlifting career was derailed by a series of shoulder surgeries she will always be remembered as one of the great personalities of the club in the early years.