By Gary Abbott
COLORADO SPRINGS – 2012 Olympic bronze medalist and 2008 World champion Clarissa Chun has been named Assistant National Women’s Coach for USA Wrestling, the national governing body for wrestling in the United States.
She joins USA Wrestling’s National Team Department, working on National Women’s Coaching staff, led by National Women’s Coach Terry Steiner and will be based in Colorado Springs, Colo., where the U.S. Olympic Training Center and USA Wrestling national headquarters are based.
“I am excited to work with all of the athletes who come through the Olympic Training Center with our Women’s Team, on the Cadet, Junior and Senior levels, to share my knowledge and work with the athletes. I look forward to continuing to learn and to grow as a coach, working with Coach Steiner and coaches from the USA and around the world,” Chun said.
“We are extremely excited to have Clarissa joining the USA Wrestling Women’s Program as a coach. Clarissa has always carried herself with dignity and class. She has proven herself as an athlete and now she has the opportunity to share her knowledge as a coach and give back to the next generation of superstars. There is no doubt in my mind that Clarissa will develop into one of the great coaches of the sport of women’s wrestling. She has the right skill set and personality to go with it. For me, as the Women’s National Team Coach, it is important that we have coaches that our athletes look up to and respect. It is important to me that our staff is made up of great people who complement one another,” said Steiner.
One of the greatest women athletes in USA Wrestling history, Chun claimed the bronze medal at 48 kg/105.5 pounds at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. A two-time Olympian, Chun also placed fifth at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Chun won her World gold medal at the 2008 World Championships, held in Tokyo, Japan. During her career, Chun competed on five U.S. Senior World Teams, with her first at the 2000 World Championships, as well as World Team berths in 2009, 2011 and 2012.