Kevin Black talks about development camp opportunities

Last week I was in Chula Vista, CA at the US Olympic Training Center for a Junior Women’s Development Camp.  The campus is spectacular and one of the most ideal training environments in the entire world.  The weather is perfect year round and the opportunities are endless at the center.  It was a world-class camp for the girl’s in the United States who chose to take part.

US Development Coach Vladimir Izboinikov (Coach Izzy) has done a tremendous job in his role of preparing the country’s junior level athletes for elite competition.  His position was created almost five years ago and many athletes who participated in the first development camps are now seeing international experience on a variety of levels, including Junior, University, and Senior World Championships.  To USA Wrestling and the national team coaching staff, the success of the athletes who participate in the development camps comes as no surprise.  Every USAW All-American earns funded access status and can attend development camps at a drastically reduced price as an Olympic development opportunity.  Other athletes are welcome to participate as well.  It is not a coincidence that most of the girls at these camps do very well in Fargo at the Junior National Championships and other national level tournaments.

Stay attentive to posts on themat.com, USA Wrestling’s official website, for future development camp opportunities.

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