Wednesday marked the official launch of the official website for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials held at the University of Iowa’s Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. The event is scheduled for April 21-22, 2012. The site is www.iowacitytolondon.com and contains information for both athletes and spectators. Wrestlers will be competing for a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, attempting to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London, England.
Below is the official release from the Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau:
Official website launched for 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials – Wrestling
Fans can now access majority of details pertaining to the 2012 event which takes place at legendary Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, IA.
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The official worldwide website for the 2012 USA Wrestling Olympic Trials launched earlier this morning. The website www.iowacitytolondon.com, 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 goal of April 20, 2011 for the website 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 today at www.iowacitytolondon.com.