LAS VEGAS, June 13, 2008 – Three wrestlers with Connecticut connections competed at the U.S. Olympic team trials in Las Vegas.
Yale graduate Patricia Miranda, the 2004 bronze medal winner at Athens, was upset in the best-of-3 finals at 105.5 pounds (48 kg) when Clarissa Chun swept a pair of wins. It was the rematch of the 2004 Olympic finals.
Former Sacred Heart University wrestler Steve Forrest (163 pounds) and former Waterford High wrestler Stefenie Shaw (138) also competed but did not qualify. The Olympics are scheduled for Aug. 12-21 in Beijing, China.
Former Yale wrestler aims for gold in Beijing
Former Yale wrestler Patricia Miranda and her husband is profiled in a recent edition of the New York Times. Miranda won the bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and it was her husband who convinced her to come out of retirement to try for a medal in Beijing.
New York Times: A Couple Grapple for Love and Love of Achievement, June 12