COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – October 11, 2006 – USA Wrestling has selected Las Vegas to host two of its most important Olympic level events in the next two years, the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling and the 2007 U.S. World Team Trials.
The local organizing committee for these two events will be Las Vegas Events, which has successfully hosted numerous major sports events in the city.
The 2007 U.S. World Team Trials will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, June 9-10. This event will determine the 2007 U.S. World Team that will compete at the 2007 World Wrestling Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan in all three Olympic wrestling styles: men’s freestyle, men’s Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle.
The 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling will be held at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas – Las Vegas, June 13-15. This event will determine the U.S. team in all three styles that will represent the United States at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
“Las Vegas and Las Vegas Events presented USA Wrestling with an opportunity to take these properties to a higher level,” said USA Wrestling Executive Director Rich Bender. “We are confident the organizing committee and the entire community will step forward to insure the success of the 2007 U.S. World Team Trials and the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Wrestling. We are excited to form a partnership with Las Vegas Events to the benefit of both parties well into the future.”
“We are certainly excited about the opportunity to host two of the most prestigious wrestling competitions in consecutive years,” said Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events and a former NCAA wrestling champion. “We have experience in hosting wrestling events, and we think that Las Vegas will provide a perfect backdrop for these two events. To be chosen as the host city is significant for Las Vegas, and we’re happy to add this to our growing roster of events.