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Randi

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To look at Randi Penenburgh, you’d never guess she’s a weightlifter. At just 75 pounds, the petite 33-year-old surprised and delighted the crowds at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens when she won a gold medal in the bench press.

Randi has always loved sports. In addition to lifting weights, she competes in basketball, soccer, volley ball, bocce, skiing and bowling. She’s training for international competition in bocce, cycling and cross country skiing.

But her determination to excel extends beyond sports to her job. On Mondays and Tuesdays she works as a sales associate in the electronic games department at the Columbia Best Buy store. She volunteers at the Evergreens Senior Adult Day Care Facility on Roosevelt Road in Elkridge on Thursdays and Fridays.

At Best Buy, her responsibilities include making sure the prices on video games match the ones on the store’s display shelves and organizing shelf displays.

Randi lives on her own and receives job and transportation support from The Arc.

She’s doing a wonderful job, and she loves the work. She always has smile on her face when I stop by to check in on her.”

Charlie Lewis, Arc job coach