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Former USOEC athletes get the chance to live out Olympic dream in London

July 26, 2012
By MATT WELLENS - Journal Sports Editor , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - The United States Olympic Education Center at Northern Michigan University will be represented by five former Greco-Roman wrestlers and one former women's weightlifter when the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games officially get under way on Friday with the opening ceremonies.

Weightlifter Sarah Robles will be the first to compete on Friday, Aug. 3 at 10:30 a.m. EDT with the five Greco-Roman wrestlers hitting the mats on Aug. 5-7. Wrestling begins at 8 a.m. EDT with the repechage rounds and medal matches scheduled for 12:45 p.m. EDT each day.

Also representing the USOEC in London is former boxing coach Al Mitchell as the technical adviser for the USA men's and women's boxing teams. Former USOEC women's boxer Mikaela Mayer will also be in London, serving as a training partner for Team USA.

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Sarah Robles

Sport: Women’s weightlifting
Weight class: 75 kg
Olympic appearance: First
Competition date: Friday, Aug. 3
Hometown: Jacinto, Calif.
Age: 23
Notes: Attended the USOEC and NMU from 2008-09. ... Robles and fellow former USOEC weightlifter Jessica Gallagher run a blog called, “Pretty Strong,” which is described as “A blog about strong women by strong women.” The web
address is and being updated from London.

For a complete schedule of events, including a broadcast schedule, see Saturday's special Olympics section in The Mining Journal.

For bios on each of the Olympians, click the athlete's image.



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