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of business at the Pan American Olympic Qualifier in Florida.


Chun, a native of Honolulu, is capable of putting plenty of points on the board. Chun outscored her three opponents in the Olympic qualifier by a combined 43-3 score. She dominated by using her explo- sive style to score on numerous leg attacks.


“I just have to keep wrestling hard and keep attacking,” Chun said. “I learned a lot from 2008, going through everything with all the emotions and feelings you experience. It’s definitely something that motivates me.” Chun’s ultimate goal is earning redemption at the Olympic Games. She reached the semifinals of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, and held a lead over World champion Chiharu Icho of Japan with less than a minute left in the match.


Icho rallied to win the match, and Chun ended up falling in the bronze-medal match to place fifth.


Chun quickly bounced back to win a


World title later that year in Tokyo, Japan. She became just the fifth U.S. women’s wrestler to capture a World title. Chun is looking to become the first U.S. women’s wrestler to capture an


Chun has made four U.S. World Teams in women’s freestyle. She placed fifth at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Larry Slater photo.


Olympic gold medal. Women’s wrestling will be in the Olympic Games for the third time this summer in London. “Clarissa has so much talent – it’s hard to stop her when she is hitting her attacks and when she believes in herself,” Wilson


said. “Nobody in the World can stay with her if she just wrestles like she is capa- ble. She’s on a mission and she knows what she has to do to reach her goals. She’s putting her nose to the grindstone, but she still has a lot of work to do to reach her goals.”


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