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Alyssa Lampe works an arm bar during the finals of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Larry Slater photo. Continued from page 12


“It was disappointing,” Lampe said. “It was frustrating, knowing I was that close. I think that loss just pushed me to work harder. I just realized I needed to keep working. It really helped motivate me to improve even more.”


Lampe traveled to the Olympic Games in London, England as a training partner for Chun, who won a bronze medal at the Olympics. Chun had placed fifth at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. “It was good for me to experience the Olympics and see what it was like,” Lampe said. “I am definitely glad I went over there. I saw what it takes to win a medal at the Olympics. I trained with Clarissa and watched what she did. I saw the way she worked, the way she pre- pared and how she approached every- thing. I know what it takes now.” Battling Chun has prepared Lampe to make a big impact in the next four-year Olympic cycle.


Lampe moved back down to 48 kilos and won the New York AC International in November. “It’s been great to wrestle someone like Chun, who challenges you domestically,” Lampe said. “I feel like if I beat Clarissa I can beat anybody in the World. It’s a healthy rivalry.”


Lampe trains at the U.S. Olympic


Training Center in Colorado Springs. “I’ve been out here for four years now,


Lampe defeated Chun in the second of three matches in the women’s freestyle finals at 48 kg/105.5 lbs. at the Olympic Trials. Larry Slater photo.


and it’s been great,” she said. “I have great practice partners – everybody push- es everybody in the room. And we have an awesome coaching staff. Plus we have access to a nutritionist and sports psychologist and sports medicine. Everything is catered to the athletes, and it’s great.”


Lampe enters this Olympic cycle with high expectations.


“I’m feeling really good and really confi-


dent,” she said. “The hard work I am put- ting in is paying off for me. I feel like I am getting better every day. I can’t wait to show my stuff at the U.S. Open and World Team Trials this year. “You always want to do better, and I want to keep progressing and improving. I know I am just as good as the top girls in the World. I want to establish being the No. 1 girl in my weight class and win another medal this year at the Worlds.”


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