Wrestler Carol Huynh is honoured by Simon Fraser University, receiving the 2009 Outstanding Alumni Award for Athletic Achievement. From You Tube.
Huynh began wrestling in high school, continuing the sport while studying psychology at Simon Fraser University. In 2000 she won a bronze medal at the world championships, and in 2001 she reached the finals, winning silver. She won another world championship bronze medal in 2005. In 2005 she placed first at Universiade, and added an additional first place finish to her resume in 2007 at the Pan Am Games.
Huynh's first Olympic experience came in 2004 (the debut of women's wrestling) when she failed to qualify for the team but served as the training partner for fellow wrestler Lyndsay Belisle. In 2007 she moved form Burnaby to Calgary seeking new coaching philosophies and training partners. Though Huynh qualified for the Beijing Olympics in 2008 she was not favoured to win a medal. She had a strong run of matches leading up to the final round, in which she faced Japan's Chiaru Icho (the 2004 silver medallist). She defeated Icho by a score of 4-0 and 2-1. Huynh's show of emotion endeared her to Canadians, both following the match when she was carried off by her coaches and while on the podium.
In 2012 Huynh qualified for the Olympic team representing Canada in London where she managed to defeat Isabelle Sambou of Senegal to win bronze in the 48-kilogram category.
Huynh has achieved numerous titles, including 11 Canadian championships and four world titles. In 2010 she added a COMMONWEALTH GAMES gold and in 2011 a PAN-AMERICAN GAMES gold to her list of accolades. In addition to her sporting success, Huynh recently completed a Masters in Counselling Psychology through Athabasca University.
Author LORRAINE SNYDER
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