One Year From '08 Olympic Wrestling/Judo Trials

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Gary Abbott sent along the following:

2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling and Judo will begin one year from today, June 13

The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling and Judo, featuring the nation’s top Olympic hopefuls in both exciting sports, will begin exactly one year from today in Las Vegas , Nev.

The Trials will be held June 13-15, 2008 at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada , Las Vegas . The event will feature contests in each of the 18 Olympic wrestling weight classes in the three Olympic styles (men’s freestyle, men’s Greco-Roman, women’s freestyle) as well as the 14 Olympic judo weight divisions to be contested at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Tickets for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Wrestling and Judo went on sale on June 9, and had a very successful first weekend of sales. All sports fans should order their tickets as soon as possible to guarantee the best seating locations.

Tickets are available now by calling 866.388.FANS or online at www.unlvtickets.com.

For this event, the Thomas & Mack Center has a seating capacity of 12,500. Tickets have been made available equally to both wrestling as well as judo fans on a first come, first serve basis.

It is recommended that judo fans call 866.388.FANS in order to secure seats in the preferred judo areas of the arena. Others can either order by phone or via the internet.

All-session tickets are priced $150 for VIP seating, $75 for lower level and $40 for upper level. Competition will be held on four mats simultaneously with wrestling taking place on three mats and judo on the fourth.

Wrestling will be contested all three days (June 13-15) and judo will be contested on June 13-14. There will be two sessions each day.

On Friday, June 13, the schedule includes seven judo weight classes, four women’s freestyle weight classes and two men’s Greco-Roman weight classes.

On Saturday, June 14, the schedule features seven judo weight classes, three men’s freestyle weight classes and three men’s Greco-Roman weight classes.

On Sunday, June 15, there will be scheduled four men’s freestyle weight classes and two men’s Greco-Roman weight classes. No judo will be contested on June 15.

If there are judo weight divisions that the United States has not been qualified to compete in at the Olympic Games, the division will not be contested at Trials.

USA Wrestling expects almost 200 wrestlers to participate in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

“We are very excited about what promises to be an outstanding U.S. Olympic Team Trials. This is the most important event we host in the United States every four years, where we select our Olympic Team, which competes in the most important sports event in the world, the Olympic Games,” said USA Wrestling Executive Director Rich Bender . “We look forward to holding the competition in Las Vegas , and having a great turnout by the wrestling community to support America 's Team.”

With eight athletes expected to compete in the Trials for each weight division, as many as 112 judo players will be eligible for berths on the U.S. Olympic Team.

“These will no doubt be one of the most exciting Olympic Trials in the history of USA Judo. Las Vegas is one of the world's most exciting places to host a sporting event; top that with the fact that we are combining our sport of Judo with a proven popular sport of wrestling that has in the past attracted over 11,000 spectators and some 200 media to previous events,” said Jose H. Rodriguez, USA Judo CEO. “Lastly add to this equation the partnership with Las Vegas Events and the United States Olympic Committee and you have the making of a great athlete-oriented and entertaining sport show in the best show town in the world.”

More information on hotel headquarters will be available soon.

For a seating chart for the U.S. Olympic Trials, visit:

http://www.themat.com/eventfliers/2008/2008TrialsTickets.pdf

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