Team USA Enjoys Off-time Before 2006 Pan American Championships

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – After a grueling two-week training camp and five days of competition at the 2006 Pan American Championships, Team USA has enjoyed two off days in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The United States delegation has lived and trained at two Olympic Training Centers over the past three weeks, beginning with a 10-day training camp at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.. They have spent the past week training and living at Argentina Olympic Training Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In addition to daily training sessions at the Argentina Olympic Training Center and morning runs to stay prepared for the upcoming championship bouts, the remaining six competitors have enjoyed free time in Buenos Aires. The team members spent time at the mall, eating out at local eateries, as well as taking in American movies. USA Boxing National Coaching Director Dan Campbell has been pleased with the progress the team has made as well as their results in the ring.

Team USA has enjoyed tremendous results, winning eight of their 12 bouts at the 2006 Pan American Championships. Three of the team’s four losses have come to medalists at the 2005 Women’s World Championships, including defending World Champion Mary Spencer of Canada.

Six U.S. women will compete in final round action on Wednesday and the team is guaranteed 10 medals at the event with the possibility of winning a tremendous six gold medals. The United States team won two gold medals at the 2005 Continental Championships in Buenos Aires.

The six U.S. boxers competing in final round action are: flyweight Cheryl Houlihan (Norton, Mass.); light bantamweight Sacred Downing (Trenton, N.J.); bantamweight Emily Klinefelter (Iowa City, Iowa); light welterweight Elizabeth Quevedo (Southgate, Calif.); and middleweight Franchon Crews (Baltimore, Md.)

Team USA is being led by Coaches Dan Campbell (Colorado Springs, Colo.); Willy Price (Peshtigo, Wis.); and Christy Halbert (Nashville, Tenn.). Team Manager Krysti Rosario (Manhattan Beach, Calif.); physician Dr. Robert McKittrick, Jr. (Gloucester, Rhode Island) and AIBA official Zach Young (Los Angeles, Calif.) round out the United States delegation.

USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

Article posted on 05.06.2006

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