When I'm in the gym, I'm in the gym, and that is my focus. But when I'm not in the gym, I'm enjoying being a mom and taking care of those responsibilities .. They really do provide me with the balance that I need to be a more complete athlete.

- Melanie Roach

I've been a pretty selfish mom and a very unselfish athlete for about three years now and it's time to put my family first. It's probably time to move on.

- Melanie Roach

I find being a mother is a huge advantage. Of course, I'm probably a little more tired than I might be if I didn't have children, but I think they provide me the balance that I need to keep my mind off of lifting.

- Melanie Roach

Compared to the challenges or raising an autistic child, weightlifting is a relief.

- Melanie Roach

I think I was a pretty selfish athlete.

- Melanie Roach

Weight lifting is the easiest part of my day.

- Melanie Roach

I really feel like that concept of enjoying the now and not worrying about the future is what my coach has been trying to teach me for 14 years - and that is what has made me such a different athlete 10 years later, and that is what has made me strong enough mentally to make this Olympic team.

- Melanie Roach

I appreciate my time in the gym.

- Melanie Roach

I'm looking forward to being a mom and a wife and a business owner.

- Melanie Roach

I'd like my children to learn that anything is possible if you put your mind to it, and that when you make a decision to do something like pursuing the Olympics, like I have, it needs to be a family affair.

- Melanie Roach