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U.S. Olympic Freestyle Wrestling Team Press Conference Quotes



Co-Head Coach Greg Strobel "Going to Canberra to train was a good experience for this team. We had great food, hospitality and no distractions. We had TV in our rooms, so we could follow the Olympics there. Getting away from the Games - it was quite relaxing and helped the team." Co-Head Coach John Smith (On difference between being Olympic coach from being an Olympic athlete) "First of all, you focus on all eight athletes; as an athlete, you focus just on yourself. My experience that I can bring to the team is to calm them and give them a sense of relaxation." Co-Head Coach Dan Gable "The three coaches here are part of a system that is bigger than us. National Coach Bruce Burnett is the guy who orchestrated the workouts and developed the system. He has the best read on this team. Our plans as coaches is to have each individual ready to go for the gold. With the pairings internationally, basically you have to prepare for a gold, for winning every match. The individuals on this team are very individual; the system prepares them for the gold." 57 kg - Terry Brands, Lincoln, Neb. (Hawkeye WC) "It was a great situation in Canberra, yet we are here at the perfect time. The food is good, they speak the language, everything feels like home. I feel good about what I need to do. I know I can win this thing." 85 kg - Charles Burton, Bloomington, Ind. (New York AC) "The best thing I ever did was move up in weight. I can focus on wrestling and conditioning, not just making weight. I will go out there, do my game plan and try to wear them all down." 97 kg - Melvin Douglas, Mesa, Ariz. (Sunkist Kids) "I like the fact that we can drink the water here. I have prepared really hard. I've gotten into great shape. I think I can win the gold. I have no pressure. I'm 37. No one expects me to win. I believe I'm the man to beat, I'm the bad draw." 54 kg - Sammie Henson, Norman, Okla. (Sunkist Kids) "I'm better than I was in 1998. I train harder and smarter. In 1998, I was an intense young guy, like Charles Burton, and nobody knew me. I'm smarter and wiser now. I've done everything I need to do to win here." 63 kg - Cary Kolat, Morgantown, W.Va. (Dave Schultz WC) "I approach these guys like I'm the guy to beat. Everything has been going smoothly in training. The biggest excitement is to be here, at the Olympics. There is no better city, except for holding it in America, than being in Sydney for the Games. It's exciting being on this team. I think the U.S. team is a bad draw for anybody. My peak is to be ready on the 28th and to let it fly." 130 kg - Kerry McCoy, Bethlehem, Pa. (New York AC) "I don't think there is any pressure for us. None of us have won Olympic golds - we have nothing to defend. I have been training, personally, my entire career for this. I feel I am on track. The biggest thing for me has to been to have great training partners and a great training program. I had the opportunity to train in Colorado Springs at the Olympic Training Center, and train with great athletes like Dominic Black, Rex Holman and other tough competitors, and have coaches like Bruce Burnett and Kevin Jackson work with me every day. In my weight class, I try to use my conditioning and speed to my advantage. If I do that, I should win." 69 kg - Lincoln McIlravy, Iowa City, Iowa (Gateway WC) "The last two years I was third in the world and second in the world. To win a medal at the World Championships means a lot to me. In wrestling, the Worlds and Olympics are like the same event; we compete against the same athletes here. This is a huge opportunity for me to be on top of the awards stand. This is what I wanted to do my entire life. I have to be ready right away. From the first to the last match, every match is a gold medal match. I feel better right now than ever in my life." 76 kg - Brandon Slay, Amarillo, Texas (Dave Schultz WC) "The biggest difference in my wrestling is that I have better prepared myself, emotionally, physically and mentally. What I mean is that I had the opportunity to make the move from Philadelphia, where I went to college, to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, and just focus on freestyle wrestling. This is where I made made my greatest progress. Being in my first Olympics, I've had the opportunity to study my opponents to a greater ability than they have studied me. If I compete at my best, I don't believe anybody can beat me."
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