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“I just have to keep wrestling hard and keep attacking. I learned a lot from 2008, going through everything with all the emotions and feelings you experience.” - Clarissa Chun

Chun chasing gold

The 2008 Olympian and World champion is healthy again and ready to make a run at winning an Olympic gold medal this summer in London By Craig Sesker

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Clarissa Chun delivered with a break- through season in 2008. She knocked off past Olympic and World medalist Patricia Miranda to make the U.S. Olympic Team, nearly made the finals of the Olympic Games and followed by winning a World title. Now 30 years old, Chun has fought through adversity and injuries through this Olympic cycle. But she’s healthy again and poised to make a huge impact in women’s freestyle wrestling in 2012. Chun has another shot at doing just that after she qualified the U.S. for the Olympic Games by winning the FILA Pan American Olympic Qualifying Tournament on March 24 in Kissimmee, Fla.

“I’m feeling good and feeling healthy again,” Chun said. “I just have to keep working hard. I just have to go out there and wres- tle my match and wrestle the way I know how.” Chun now takes aim at making her second straight trip to the Olympics, set for this August in London, England. “I expect Clarissa to win a medal, just like any other year,” said Keith Wilson, Chun’s coach. “She still has to make the Olympic Team first, and there are a lot of good girls in the U.S. in that weight class. She has a job to do first, to make the U.S. team.”

Chun is scheduled to compete at the U.S. Olympic Team

Trials in late April in Iowa City. “It’s exciting that we are in the Olympic year now,” she said.

“It’s great that the weight class is qualified now, but I still have to make the Olympic Team. I just have to keep moving forward and stay focused.”

Unlike 2008, Chun is the wrestler to beat at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. entering the Olympic Team Trials.

“Clarissa is definitely the favorite,” Wilson said. “There is a 18 USA Wrestler

World champion and Olympian Clarissa Chun has made major gains after working closely with her women’s freestyle coach, Keith Wilson. Larry Slater photos.

target on her back now and other girls are looking to knock her off. She has to do the same amount of work she did in 2008 and possibly more to get to where she wants to be.” Chun made U.S. World Teams in 2009 and 2011. She was injured just before the 2009 World Championships and missed a majority of the following season with a shoulder injury. Chun placed seventh at the 2011 Worlds, and then took care

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