After winning a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games, freestyle wrestler Clarissa Chun was all smiles in her post-match interviews.
After losing two matches on Sept. 29 at the 2012 World Championships in Strathcona County, Canada, though, Chun's demeanor was a bit different. Chun wrestles in the 48-kilogram (105.5-pound) weight class.
"I guess (it was) a slow start for me," a tearful Chun said in an post-match interview with USA Wrestling. "I just didn't capitalize on my opportunities and make things happen from my end. I wrestled (my opponents') matches."
Chun, who won a world championship title in 2008, lost her first match (5-4, 1-6, 4-3) to Vanessa Kaladzynskaya of Belarus. Kaladzynskaya then qualified for the final match, allowing Chun to compete again in the repechage rounds.
In her second match, Chun lost (2-3, 1-1, 3-1) to Tatyana Amanzhol-Bakatyuk of Kazakhstan. Chun had never before wrestled either of her opponents, she said after her matches.
"It was frustrating," Chun said during the interview with USA Wrestling. "I think I didn't come out after them. I waited for them and felt them out, and it's my own fault. I can't blame anyone else but myself on this."
Chun, 30, has had a storied wrestling career with Team USA. At the 2008 Olympic Games, the Hawaii native finished fifth before she went on to win the 2008 World Championships later in the year. She's been a member of several world championship teams, and in 2011 she finished seventh. In 2012, she finished one match short of the medal round and ended up in ninth place.
After her elimination Sept. 29, Chun said she needed to take some time to determine the next step in her wrestling career.
"We will see," Chun said when asked if she would continue wrestling. "I just want to have fun with it. I don't know. We'll see."
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Sandra Johnson is a longtime fan of Olympic sports. 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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