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Jr. Worlds Blog – Crazy travel challenges kick off U.S. Greco trip to Brazil

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BY GARY ABBOTT, USA WRESTLING | AUG. 08, 2015, 4:56 P.M. (ET)
Friday, August 7/Saturday August 8- The wrestling community is getting excited that we are just a month away from the start of the Senior World Championships in Las Vegas on September 7. Training camps are entering their final phases, and the buzz is starting to build.

However, there is another tough World Championships before Vegas, the annual Junior World Championships, held this coming week in Salvador, Brazil, a coastal city north of Rio de Janiero (meaning closer to the equator). I checked out the weather for the week ahead, and every day it was expected to be about 80 degrees, with a low of about 70 degrees. There are a few days where rain is predicted.

The Junior Worlds feature 17-20 year old athletes. History shows that athletes who excel at the Junior Worlds go on to win World and Olympic medals on the Senior level. In some cases, athletes who do well at Junior Worlds are already ready to win at the Senior Worlds. I remember one year when I watched Iranian Greco-Roman star Hamid Souryan win the Junior Worlds, then a few weeks later win his first Senior Worlds. Often in the women’s division, there have been athletes who have won medals at the Junior and Senior Worlds the same year. This event is tough.
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