The British Olympic Association (BOA) has today confirmed the freestyle wrestling athlete who will compete for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Olga Butkevych was nominated to the BOA for selection to Team GB by British Wrestling and will compete in the 55kg weight class this summer at the ExCeL, on the 9th August.
The 26-year-old has an impressive international record, and claimed bronze at the European Championships in Dortmund last year. She will be looking to reproduce the form she displayed at the Olympic Test Event at the ExCeL last December, where she won the silver medal.
On her selection to Team GB, Olga Butkevych said:
“I am extremely honoured, and proud, to be selected to represent Team GB at London 2012. I can assure everyone I will be working extremely hard between now and the Olympic competition to be competitive, and to be in the hunt to win Britain a medal at the Games. I won silver at the Test event last year, and it would be wonderful if I can be on the podium for the real thing!
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Performance Director Shaun Morley, and the coaching team at British Wrestling, for all their support since I started representing Britain. It is thanks to their support and patience that I have achieved this honour, and I cannot begin to say how much I appreciate it.
“Wrestling is a great sport, and I hope that more and more people will realise that when competition at the Olympics gets underway. I hope that I can help it grow in the UK, and help it benefit from all the plans for an Olympic legacy that British Wrestling have been working so hard to achieve."
The BOA has also confirmed today that swimmer Dan Sliwinksi has withdrawn from the Team GB swimming squad due to injury, which has ruled him out of competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Sliwinski had been selected to compete in the men’s 100m Breaststroke. A new athlete will be selected to Team GB for the 100m Breaststroke event following the second round of trials which take place in Sheffield between the 20th and 23rd June at the ASA National Championships.
The 22-year-old Stockport ITC swimmer suffered a shoulder tendon injury and will undergo surgery next week before beginning a three-month rehabilitation programme managed by British Swimming.
Speaking about his withdrawal from Team GB, Dan Sliwinski said:
“It is an athlete’s worst nightmare. I have had a couple of injuries and I need to go back and rebuild the foundations. I am still young enough to think about Rio 2016, but I need to address this injury before it gets worse.
“I still want to swim for as long as I am physically able to and this operation will help with that. The important thing I need to focus on now is my recovery.”