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Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
09/29/2006


51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Patricia Miranda, New Haven, Conn. (Sunkist Kids)
Will face Marta Podedwurna of Poland in her first match


"Things are going well. I don't have any complex thoughts going in. They develop as I go. I'm happy with my preparation. It has had some ups and downs. But it is not what you say, it is what you do. It is about what happens tomorrow. I am excited about being here."

55 kg/121 lbs. - Tina George, Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Army)
Will face Nghiem Thi Giang of Vietnam in her first match


"I feel good. The training this year was a lot better than last year. Seeing the guys do so well got me excited. I am hoping to continue what they started. I am happy with my wrestling. What I don't have with that, I'll fight my way through."

59 kg/130 lbs. - Erin Tomeo, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
Will face Su Li Hui of China in her first match


"Now the fun begins. I look forward to it. This time, I have a much bigger goal. I have a goal to win the gold medal and I plan to make it happen. I have done a lot of work with Kiersten Peterson (of the USOC). I know I have to stay focused. I have a game plan. There is only one focus - to get the job done. I feel my wrestling has peaked at the time it should. I feel more confident than I ever have before."

U.S. Women's World Team Coach Bill Scherr

"We are optimistic. Each of the three wrestlers are a different case."

"You have youth and talent in Erin Tomeo. She is very talented, and a strong competitor. She is not as experienced at this level as the others, but we expect a lot from her. You won't find as gifted an athlete as Erin Tomeo."

"Tina George is very experienced. She has battled adversity to get here. She made it. She has the experience to do anything she wants in this tournament, if she goes out and wrestles the whole match."

"We have a very accomplished athlete and wrestler in Patricia Miranda. She approaches this like a professional. She has prepared in a very systematic, precise way. We expect her to win the gold medal. She has been a strong, positive experience on the entire team. She is a pleasure for the coaches to work with, and leads by example."
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