Jets center Nick Mangold leaves camp to watch Olympic sister

Nick Mangold had an Olympic-sized change of heart.

The All-Pro center left New York Jets training camp Saturday to fly to London to watch his sister Holley compete in the Summer Games. Mangold had insisted previously that he wouldn’t go because he didn’t want to leave his teammates in the middle of camp to take an overseas trip.

But coach Rex Ryan — along with several teammates — kept trying to lay ‘‘the guilt trip on him’’ to watch Holley compete in the women’s weightlifting competition, which begins Sunday. ‘‘You know what? His teammates understand,’’ Ryan said Wednesday. ‘‘I think they are pushing him as well. It’s not just me.’’


Well, it worked, as Mangold sent a message on Twitter early Saturday saying: ‘‘Anyone want to guess where I'm heading?’’ with a picture from an airport terminal. He also thanked the organization and added, ‘‘Go (at)HolleyMangold!’’

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Holley Mangold, 22, is competing as a super heavyweight and was initially considered a prospect for the 2016 Olympics. But she increased her lift totals by more than 70 pounds and made this year’s team.

When the Jets reported for camp on July 26, Nick Mangold said he wished he could have gone, but would figure out a way to watch his sister compete on television. He'll now get a chance to see his sister compete for the United States in person.

‘‘It’s awesome, and I'm extremely proud,’’ Nick Mangold said in June. ‘‘As an older brother, you love to see your siblings do great things.’’

And Sanya Richards-Ross has been counting the days until her husband can see her compete live for the first time in major competition.


On Saturday, Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Aaron Ross arrived at the London Games. He received three days off from training camp to see his American sprinter spouse compete.

‘‘My honey has finally arrived!!! I am overjoyed!!! WOOOHOOO!!!!! Thx again for letting me borrow him JagNation,’’ she tweeted.

Associated Press