Ali Bernard will represent the United States at the 72-kilogram weight class of the women's freestyle wrestling tournament at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Bernard was named to the team after the 2012 U.S. Wrestling Olympic Team Trials champion tested positive for a banned substance.
Name: Ali Bernard
Date of Birth: April 11, 1986
Weight Class: 72 kilograms (158.5 pounds)
Height: 5-feet, 8-inches
Hometown: New Ulm, Minnesota
Birthplace: New Ulm, Minnesota
Current Residence: New Ulm, Minnesota
Club: Gator Wrestling Club
Olympic Games: 2008, 2012. Bernard finished fifth at the 2008 Olympic Games.
International Medals: 2011, bronze, World Championships, 2010, gold, World University Games, 2005, gold, Junior World Championships, 2003, gold, Junior World Championships.
FAMILY AND EDUCATION
College: University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; University of Alberta, studied recreation sport and tourism.
High School: New Ulm (Minnesota)
Parents: Father, Rocky; Mother, Sue
Siblings: Sister, Angie, Annie and Abby; Brother, Andy
Hobbies: Riding motorcycles, shopping
Wrestling Discipline: Greco-Roman, though she competes in freestyle because Greco-Roman is not offered for women at the Olympic Games.
MORE ABOUT ALI BERNARD
Bernard originally finished second at the 2012 U.S. Wrestling Olympic Team Trials, but when previous winner Stephany Lee tested positive for a banned marijuana substance, Bernard was called upon to represent the U.S. in London for a second time.
At first, Bernard struggled with her loss at the Olympic trials, she said, but when she learned she might end up being a part of the Olympic team anyway, she turned her attitude around quickly, she said, and she couldn't be more excited to represent the United States and compete in her second Olympic Games.
"Now that I'm here in London, it's a gift, a second chance, and I'm not going to let this slip through my fingers," Bernard said. "I'm really excited to be here, and I'm proud.''
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Sandra Johnson is a longtime wrestling fan. While working for the United States Olympic Committee, Johnson had the opportunity to live alongside the freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestlers at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Follow her on Twitter: @SandraJohnson46
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