Olympic Profile: Passion Carried Wrestler Chas Betts to the Olympic Games

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Chas Betts of Albertville, Minn., represented the United States at the 84-kilogram weight class of the Greco-Roman wrestling tournament of the 2012 Olympic Games. Betts, who wrestled on Aug. 6, 2012, finished the day with one win and one loss. His win came over Keitani Graham of Micronesia, while his loss came at the hands of Cuban Pablo Shorey Hernandez. Read on to learn more about Betts and his journey to the Olympic Games.


Name: Chas Betts

Age: 26

Date of Birth: March 6, 1986

Discipline: Greco-Roman

Weight Class: 84 kilograms (185 pounds)

Natural Weight: 185 pounds

Height: 5-feet, 8-inches

Hometown: St. Michael, Minnesota

Current Residence: Colorado Springs, Colorado. Betts is a resident athlete at the Olympic Training Center.

Club: Minnesota Storm

Coaches Dennis Hall, Dan Chandler, Ivan Ivanov

Olympic Games: 2012. Betts went 1-1, winning his first match and losing his second.

International Medals: 2006, silver, World University Games


Website: www.chasbetts.net

Twitter: @chasbetts


College: Northern Michigan University. Betts studied digital cinema

High School: St. Michael-Albertville High School

Parents: Father, Pete; Mother, Pam

Siblings: Brother, Parker; Sister, Melissa


Hobbies: Computers, video editing, film, according to USA Wrestling


When Chas Betts isn't busy wrestling, lifting weights and otherwise training for the Olympic Games, he can be found pursuing his other passion: Motion design.

Betts first began making videos in middle school by creating highlight tapes of himself wrestling. Then, Betts had to transfer his videos from the computer to VHS, he said. Initially, the videos were pretty bad, Betts told NBCOlympics.com.

Eventually, though Betts' videos got better, as did his wrestling. He moved to the U.S. Olympic Education Center at Norther Michigan University to perfect both, working in the wrestling room with other Greco-Roman hopefuls while studying digital cinema in the classroom.

Eventually, one passion began to support the other, as Betts was able to earn an income creating and editing video on a freelance basis. Because the his passions worked so well together, Betts was able to chase his Olympic dream and compete at the 2012 Olympic Games, he said.

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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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