Last week United World Wrestling (UWW) published their Women’s World Rankings to start off 2017. I’ve shared the news all over social media and I am proud to say that I am ranked 13th in the 53kg weightclass. I was formerly ranked at the 55kg weightclass, but I’m happy to be ranked at the Olympic weight (55kg for women is eligible to compete at the World Championships, but not the Olympics whereas 53kg is eligible to compete at both the World Championships and the Olympics). It is definitely a great way to start 2017. I don’t normally put a lot of weight or importance on rankings because they can be subjective, but there is no doubt that the 20 named to the list in each weightclass are all talented athletes and the best wrestlers in the world. I do want to climb my way to the top of that list and it serves to show me who my top competitors are. Those are the matches I want to have this year. I want to wrestle the best in the world; because in order to be the best, one must beat the best. I also want to congratulate my teammate, Allyssa Cleaves, who made her rankings debut in the 48kg weightclass. Her hard work and dedication to this sport shows in her results and now she is officially being recognized as one of the best in the world.
Speaking of the matches I want to have: I am officially booked to go to Paris! Allyssa and I depart on the 25th of January and compete on Saturday January 28th. I will definitely post updates and if there is a webstream or live results page it will be shared on my Facebook page and Twitter. Training for the Paris Grand Prix is going very well. I’m feeling strong in the gym and practices have been very focused and productive. We wrestled matches on Monday and, despite my legs being a little tired from that morning’s squats, they went very well. I was moving well and scoring on the moves we have been drilling since we came back from the break. I’m excited to put this altogether in France at the end of the month.
I have more exciting news to share in the coming weeks so watch out on social media for the official announcements! That’s all for now 🙂