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Quotes from U.S. freestyle wrestler Thompson and Coach Duroe and U.S. women wrestlers Wong and Murat



120 kg/264.5 lbs. - Tolly Thompson, Cedar Falls, Iowa (Sunkist Kids)

" I feel good. Training went really good. My goal is to win. I prepared well. I will wrestle the matches one at a time, and go out there to win periods. I have to wrestle mistake free matches, make no mistakes at all. I've been to enough of these World Championships in the past, but I have never wrestled in it."

U.S. Freestyle World Team Coach Mike Duroe

"Tolly had an unbelievable training camp, especially in the last two held in Colorado Springs. The whole coaching staff feels great about his preparation and how he improved over the summer. He had to show a lot of patience wrestling the last day here. He has done a good job of mixing rest with training sessions. He had a great workout yesterday. He will be ready to go. I feel good about his preparation and his chances at this tournament."

48 kg/105.5 lbs. -Jenny Wong, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)

"This looks like this is shaping up to be a tough tournament. I look forward to competing. I feel confident I have the best coaches and training partners and that will help a lot. I am going to take it one match at a time. I am ready for weighins to end. I will enjoy tonight. Tomorrow will come when it comes."

51 kg/112.25 lbs.. - Stephanie Murata, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)

"I am a little disappointed. I thought I would have (Olympic champion) Irini Merlini in my weight class. I see she is competing at 48 kg. She makes every weight she is very tough. I hadn't had a chance to wrestle her and now I can't"

"I feel goo. When I first heard we were training in Prague, I was not excited. In retrospect, it worked well. The bottom line is to trust the coaches, they know their job and will take care of you."

"I hope this is my time. I don't think I will have another chance."

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

"This tournament will be outstanding. It will be the first World tournament under the new rules. We have adjusted and the other athletes have adjusted. We have to see how the officials will call them. The rules are in flux, as they often are in wrestling. The certainty is that our women have worked hard, prepared well and are ready to go."

"Jenny had a back injury during training camp, but pushed through it and worked hard. She progressed tremendously on her technique. Her defense improved and her offense is better. She has a tough weight class. She has an opportunity to medal if she wrestles the way she is capable of competing."

"Stephanie is an experienced athlete. She has refined her technique. She knows how to train. She has worked with Sergei Beloglazov as a personal coach. This is her time to shine. Both Stephanie and Jenny have deep weight classes with tough opponents. Both are ready to wrestle. I am optimistic."

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