April 20, 2011
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The official world wide web site for the 2012 USA Wrestling Olympic Trials — www.iowacitytolondon.com — was launched today. The web site contains information for both athletes and spectators. The event will be held at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on the campus of the University of Iowa from April 21-22, 2012.
In late January, Iowa City (IA) was awarded the bid to host the sports most signature competition beating out bids from Columbus, Ohio, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Greensboro, N.C., Hampton, Va., Oklahoma City, Okla. and Pontiac, Mich. Since that time a local organizing committee comprised of representatives from University of Iowa Athletics and the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau have been working alongside the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and USA Wrestling (USAW) to shore up details surrounding the event. They have been joined in those efforts by some of the sports greatest local figures including legendary collegiate and Olympic wrestlers Dan Gable, Tom Brands, Terry Brands, and Lincoln McIlravy.
The event will feature competition in the three Olympic styles of the sport – men’s freestyle, Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle. The competition will determine the U.S. athletes who will qualify to represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.
“It was important for our team to hit this first goal.” said Iowa City/Coralville Area CVB President and local organizing committee member Josh Schamberger. “Tomorrow begins the one-year countdown. Our community is fired up and anxious to welcome our nation’s best.”
The launch of the event’s official world wide web site coincides with the date when the majority of area hotel inventory opens up.
The goal of April 20, 2011 for the web site launch coincides with when the majority of area hotel inventory will open up. “Most hotels work on a 365-day calendar. We have some of the best properties in the country here in Iowa City, Coralville, Cedar Rapids…but don’t wait, things will move quickly there.” He added all-session tickets for the event will go on sale beginning at 9:00AM (CST) on Monday, June 6, 2011.
Further details on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials can be found by clicking HERE.