Worth The Weight: Another Brownfield Begins Lifting Career

Tuesday, February 9th 2021, 6:05 pm
By: Brian Mueller


It’s fitness al fresco. 

“We do things a little unorthodox around here," explained Kim Brownfield.

Due to COVID concerns, Kim Brownfield has been training his daughter Jimmie in their front yard since the pandemic started. 

“At least I don’t have to go anywhere or drive, that’s pretty great," said Jimmie.

"She’ll get a little cardio in, in the winter, it’s cold out there, the ol’ lungs, let them feel that cold air," said her father.

Whatever’s in the air out in Kendrick is working for the Davenport 7th grader. 

In November, in her first ever competition and just six months into her powerlifting career, Jimmie set a national deadlift record for her age and weight, with every attempt. 

“It was easy, so I knew I could break the records every attempt,” said Jimmie. 

Like lifting 215 pounds is easy. 

But Jimmie is a Brownfield, and that name carries some weight. 

Her father competed in five Paralympics and won four medals in the bench press, two of them golds. 

“He’s a very good coach, so I’m thankful for that. If he wasn’t my coach, I don’t know what I would do," said Jimmie.

“She started taking it serious, and she already had the genetics," said Kim.

It’s the start of a journey off this country road, that Jimmie hopes one day leads to Olympic gold. 

“I think it would be really great because I could follow my dad’s footsteps and break glass barriers for women, because I am a woman and I can do that, and not only men can do it," said Jimmie.

“Knowing that’s my daughter, that’s a Brownfield on the platform, there’s not a second that I don’t have to fight the tears back because I’m so proud of her," said Kim.