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Wiebe wrestles her way to the Rio Olympics

(PHOTO: Erica Wiebe celebrates after qualifying for the Olympics at the Pan Am Olympic Qualifier in Fresno, Texas in March. Photo via Erica Wiebe.)

Erica Wiebe’s journey to the Olympics in Rio started when she was in Grade 9 at Sacred Heart High School. That’s when she saw a poster for co-ed wrestling practice.

“I was playing competitive soccer from a pretty young age. I played every sport in high school and in grade 9 one of the sports offered was wrestling,” she says. “Right away I just loved it. It’s unlike anything else. You get to touch somebody, put your hands on them. But it’s tactical too, like a very sweaty chess game.”
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