Canadian Olympic Wrestling Trials

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Canadian Olympic Wrestling Trial Results

Oops, she did it again! And no, I don’t mean Brittany Spears getting married again, but I’m referring to Carol Huyhn, the 2008 Beijing Olympics Gold medalist! This past weekend in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Carol won the Wrestling qualifier trials to represent Canada at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. Huyhn (48 Kg) will be joined by past Olympians, Tonya Verbeek (55 Kg) and Martine Dugrenier (63 Kg). She will also be joined by her teammate of the Calgary Dinos Wrestling Club, Leah Callahan (72 Kg).

University of Calgary Dinos Wrestling Club

As a past U of C Dinos wrestler, I wrestled alongside Carol and Leah and I know the hard physical work that goes into their training. As their friend, I also know the heart and soul that they put into their wrestling. As I watched their matches, took photos, cheered, and cried happy tears when they won, I was beyond moved by their emotion. Leah beat the 10 time Canadian reigning champion, Ohenawa Akuffo, to represent Canada. Understandably, there is a lot of emotion coming with this win, as family and friends cheered on. But for Carol, this might just be seen as a small win in comparison to being an olympic gold medalist. Yet, you would never know, when you saw Carol’s reaction after her win– her big smile and tears of joy demonstrate Carol’s love for the sport. Both of these girls demonstrate a love and a passion for their sport. I’m proud of their achievements. I’m proud to call them my friends.

Check out the photos of Leah and Carol and many more. Also, check out the interactive documentary film, “The Sticking Place” (http://thestickingplacefilm.ca/blog) to learn more about Leah’s journey to the olympics.

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