Soldier Olympic athletes in the U.S. Army’s World Class Athlete Program are gearing up for the Olympic 2020 Games in Tokyo as the approach of a trial. The program already has two Soldiers qualified in Olympic modern pentathlon, Spc. Samantha Schultz and Sgt. Amro Elgeziry. Schultz qualified for the women’s squad after earning second place in the individual event at the 2019 Pan American Sports in Lima, Peru.
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“I remember I was about to cross the finish line, and I got chills and grinned,” supposed Shultz, a five-time national champion. In my mind I was thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, I didn’t just win a medal but I qualified for the Olympic 2020, wow I can’t believe I just did that.’ It was so surreal.”
Elgeziry also qualified at the Pan American Sports by earning a fifth place in the men’s individual event. Going to the Olympic 2020 never gets old, it’s always exciting, supposed Elgeziry, who has contested at three Olympic Games. It was an amazing instant for me. It is always an honor just being in the Army but it is super special to know you signify Side USA and the U.S. Army.
Naomi Graham is working her way to the Olympic 2020 team for boxing. She won the U.S. Boxing Olympic 2020 Trials for the women’s 75kg weight class in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Dec. 17. I feel astonishing, Graham supposed after winning. I just talented something I had only dreamt about. I feel a rush of irresistible happiness.
Graham is controlled in Bulgaria. Where she will be assessed before they announce the official Olympic 2020 team. Other sports that are training to make the team include track and field, marathon runners, wrestling, taekwondo, Paralympic swimming, and shooting. The marathon Olympic 2020 trials in Atlanta, Georgia, Feb. 29, await qualifying Soldier-athletes.
The Soldier-athlete wrestlers that qualify will compete at the wrestling Olympic 2020 trials at Penn State University, Pennsylvania, April 4-5. Sgt. Ellis Coleman, a wrestling Soldier athlete, said it means a lot to represent the U.S Army at the Olympic 2020 trials and potentially the Games.
“I am representative of all these people who put their lives on the line every day for our country, the least I can do is signify us on the mat and do what I can to represent our Army in the best way possible,” said Coleman.
Paralympic archery Soldier-athletes Staff Sgt. Michael Lukow and Staff Sgt. Ryan McIntosh is in pursuit of the Paralympic archery trials in Chula Vista, California, June 10-14. Soldier-athletes who qualify for the track and field Olympic 2020 trials will be competing at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, June 18-19. Staff Sgt. Hillary Bor. Who will be competing at his second Olympic 2020 trials, said his goal is to train smart and relaxed.
“The expectations are high,” said Bor. “The training and intensity have to be higher and consistent.”
Soldier-athletes opposing in the sport of taekwondo do not have trails to attend but are competing at tournaments leading up to the Olympic 2020 Games to earn points that determine selections in each weight class. Paralympic and Olympic Shooting Soldier-athletes also qualify for the Games based on points earned at competitions.
Paralympic swimmer Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Marks will be rival in the Olympic swimming trials in Minneapolis, Minnesota, As the WCAP Soldier-athletes gear up for the Olympic year, their duties and promises as ‘Soldiers first’ remain the same according to Cpt. Bryce Livingston, WCAP commander.
“‘Soldiers first’ is something that I have emphasized ever since I took command and it has always been a part of WCAP,” supposed Livingston.
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