lympic wrestler David Tremblay keeps track of his opponents on the Internet.
As the days shorten between now at the 2012 London Games, Tremblay, a Stoney Point resident, and the rest of the Canadian wrestling team have a fairly good idea who and what countries they’ll be up against.
“Nowadays, with the Internet you can easily see whose qualified and what countries have qualified,” the 24-year-old said. “I can find that just when I’m online. There could always be last minute changes too … But most likely we know who the No. 1 in each country are by this time.”
While the École secondaire L’Essor grad won’t speculate on specific opponents, he does point out the countries he’s keeping an eye on.
“Definitely any of the countries where wrestling is their national sport,” said Tremblay, who’ll compete in the men’s 55kg freestyle division. “Those countries are always strong no matter weight class– Russia, Iran, Armenia, you know, any of the eastern European countries.
Those are all strong wrestling countries. And Japan’s always pretty strong.”
Although word was out in March, Tremblay and the Canadian wrestling team were officially announced earlier this month at a press conference in Guelph, Ont. And, having now wrapped up a week-long training camp with his fellow Olympian wrestlers, he feels ready to face the most challenging of opponents.
“I feel good,” he said. “I feel more and more ready as we get closer. I look forward to competing and I’m feeling very confident. We have a few weeks before we leave and they’re going to be crucial weeks in order to prepare mentally for the games and compete physically well.”