Freestyle wrestler Clarissa Chun will represent the United States in the women's 48-kilogram weight class at the 2012 Olympic Games. Read on to learn more about Chun and her accomplishments.
Name: Clarissa Chun
Date of Birth: August 27, 1981
Discipline: Women's Freestyle
Weight Class: 48 kilograms (105.5 pounds)
Natural Weight: 105.5 pounds
Height: 4-foot, 11-inches
Hometown: Kapolei, Hawaii
Current Residence: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Club: Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club
Olympic Games: 2008, 2012
Olympic finishes: Chun finished fifth at the 2008 Olympic Games.
International Medals: 2008, gold, World Championships.
FAMILY AND EDUCATION
College: University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Chun studied communications. She also wrestled at Missouri Valley.
High School: Roosevelt High School
Parents: Father, Bryan; Mother, Gail
Siblings: Brother, Shaun
Ancestry: Chun is a fourth-generation Chinese-Japanese American, according to her website.
Other sports: Chun participated in swimming, bowling, water polo and judo in high school.
MORE ABOUT CLARISSA CHUN
Chun became the first wrestler from Hawaii to represent the United States at the Olympic Games when she qualified for the 2008 Olympic team. In order to qualify for the 2008 team, Chun had to defeat seven-time national champion Patricia Miranda.
When it came to the 2012 Olympic trials, though, everything was different. Chun had qualified for three of the past four World teams, and she was the No. 1-ranked wrestler in her weight class. It came as no surprise, then, when she won the tournament and qualified for her second Olympic team. In doing so, Chun became the first female wrestler to qualify for back-to-back Olympic teams, according to her website.
Standing at just 4-foot-11-inches tall, Chun is one of the shortest Olympians on the 2012 team. She shares the title with diver Katie Bell and gymnast Gabrielle Douglas, both of whom are the same height as Chun.
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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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