January has been a great month. I started off the year by running a Youth Development Skills camp at the University of Alberta. It was a stellar camp with great kids and I was joined by 2008 & 2012 Olympic, Matt Gentry who is an ultimate rockstar. It was great watching him interact with the young wrestlers and I even picked up a few tips for myself.
The past couple weekends, I wrestled in two domestic tournaments which I used as a little tune-up for the 2014 International season. I wrestled and won at the Golden Bear in Edmonton and then at the Guelph Open, in Guelph Ontario. These two tournaments were good prep to get ready for my upcoming season; on the horizon I have three big international tournaments; the Dave Schultz Memorial in Colorado Springs, The Klippan Open in Sweden, and then the World Cup in Tokyo, Japan at the end of March.
All of this is super exciting...BUT to be honest it's a little hard to focus on my own travels because I will be heading to the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi on February 14th!!!! I am so ridiculously excited!!! I will be going to support my partner and Canada 2 Bobsleigh Pilot, Chris Spring. To be honest it has been a huge headache organizing all the minute details but I now have my visa's, flights, hotels, and different accreditations lined up and I know the energy and joy I will feel being in Sochi will be so worth it.
In two days, I will be flying to Colorado Springs for the Dave Schultz Memorial. Lots of international teams will be present and I will hopefully have some redemption against the Mongolian who I lost to at World Champs this past September. There will be a 3-day training camp afterwards at the Olympic Training Centre. The environment down there is so intense and energized. It'll be great to be down there and get in some great competition and training.
That's all for now folks. I will do a post-tournament re-cap and I will also be trying to blog throughout my trip in Sochi so please stay tuned!
Erica Wiebe is a Canadian freestyle wrestler and Bachelor of Arts student at the University of Calgary. Her passion for wrestling and writing combine in the words of this blog, sprinkled with a strong opinion on certain matters and a hint of feminist thrown in for good measure.