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says. “This past weekend, for ex- ample, we had two [team members] in Fresno, Calif., and two in Washington state. They’ll go around to diff erent high schools, talk about the Marine Corps, talk about their collateral duty, which is wrestling, and then talk about boot camp and the Marine Corps in general. And then they’ll go to diff erent wrestling clinics and tie in what they’re doing athletically to the military.” When these military athletes speak, they make connections between great athletes and Marines,


including a high level of discipline and commitment to excellence. Saddoris isn’t just the wrestling


team’s commander — he also has been ranked the No. 1 wrestler in the world at his weight class of 146 pounds and qualifi ed for the Olympic team this summer. His I’m-a-Marine-fi rst at- titude, combined with his exceptional athletic career, makes him a great ambassador for the Marine Corps. His day-to-day Marine Corps life is unusual but exceptionally demanding. He spends at least fi ve to six days a


week training and has obligations that take him around the world. Each of the military athletes who heads to the Olympic Games this summer will be in the spotlight, and therefore will bring attention to their respective services. Nunn will compete as a race walker in the 50-kilometer race (just over 31 miles). It’s not a high-profi le sport, but just walking in the opening ceremonies gives him the potential to reach mil- lions. Television ratings for the 2012 games in Sochi, Russia, were down


(from left) Army World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) race walker Staff Sgt. John Nunn celebrates after his win at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Navy Lt. Trisha Kutkiewicz, right, and Ensign Mary Hall, left, win gold at the Con- seil International du Sport Militaire 6th Military World Games. Marine Corps wrestler Capt. Bryce Saddoris, in gray, grap- ples with another Marine while training. Then-Spc. Nathan Schrimsher of the Army WCAP earns a berth in the 2016 Olympic Games in Modern Pentathlon during the 2015 Pan American Games. Army Sgt. Dennis Bowsher (second from left) competes in the swim portion of Modern Pentathlon at the 2015 Pan American Games. (previous spread) Army WCAP boxer Pfc. Rianna Rios, right, spars with her opponent at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Boxing Team Trials.


PHOTOS: FROM LEFT, LANCE CPL. SEAN BERRY, USMC; TIM HIPPS/U.S. ARMY JUNE 2016 MILITARY OFFICER 59


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