Before the 2012 women's wrestling wold team trials began, U.S. National Coach Terry Steiner said that he expected big things from the women's team at the 2012 World Championships.
"Ive always said, and I believe in it 100 percent, that when you make a U.S. team you're ready to medal at the world championships," Steiner said during an interview with USA Wrestling. "And I expect that. I expect us to go in with that mindset and that attitude and to win a world championship."
When the women's world team trials finished on Sept. 15, the U.S. women's team was made up of seven wrestlers, each of whom have competed at the world championships in the past. In fact, many of the women have won past world medals.
The team is led by 31-year-old Clarissa Chun who, earlier this summer won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in the 48-kilogram (105.5-pound) weight class. The Olympic medal allowed Chun to automatically earn a place on the 2012 world team. Chun also won a gold medal at the 2008 World Championships in the same weight class.
Chun isn't the only 2012 world team member who has won gold in the past, though. Below is a quick breakdown of the women who have qualified to represent the United States at the 2012 World Championships, which are scheduled to take place Sept. 27-29 in Canada.
Alyssa Lampe, 51 kilograms: Lampe, 24, was a member of the 2010 World Championship team, where she lost her first match and was eliminated from the tournament.
Helen Maroulis, 55 kilograms: Maroulis, 21, is preparing to compete in her third senior world championship tournament. In 2011, she finished fifth, and in 2008 she finished eighth. Maroulis also has competed in three junior world championships, where she finished second in 2011, third in 2010 and third in2008.
Leigh Jaynes, 59 kilograms: Jaynes, 31, competed at the 2007 World Championships, where she did not place.
Elena Pirozhkova, 63 kilograms: Pirozhkova, 25, competed earlier this summer at the 2012 Olympic Games, where she did not place. Pirozhkova will compete in her fifth straight world championship tournament, and in 2010, Pirozhkova won a silver medal at the tournament.
Adeline Gray, 67 kilograms: Gray, 21, won a bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships, and she placed fifth in the same tournament in 2010. She's also medaled twice at the junior world championships: in 2011, she earned a silver medal, and in 2008 she won a gold medal.
Iris Smith, 72 kilograms: Smith, 32, won a world title at the 2005 World Championships. She's also competed in three other world championships, according to themat.com, Smith also qualified to compete in 2001, though military obligations prevented the U.S. Army sergeant from competing in the tournament.
Sandra Johnson is a longtime Olympic fan. While working for the United States Olympic Committee and living in the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Johnson had the opportunity to immerse herself in the Olympic Movement. Follow her on Twitter: @SandraJohnson46
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