(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) - The 2008 Olympic Boxing Team took off for their long journey to Beijing, China, on Tuesday. The nine-member squad went through Team Processing at San Jose State University on Monday, receiving their Olympic Games outfitting as well as final team briefings from the United States Olympic Committee.
2004 Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward (Oakland, Calif.) addressed the team in their final meeting, giving them important advice and guidance on what it takes to win Olympic gold. The team departed from San Francisco on Tuesday morning and will arrive in Beijing on Wednesday afternoon before setting up for their final training camp at Beijing Normal University.
The nine boxers representing the United States in Beijing are: light flyweight Luis Yanez (Duncanville, Texas); flyweight Rau'shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio); bantamweight Gary Russell, Jr. (Capitol Heights, Md.); featherweight Raynell Williams (Cleveland, Ohio); lightweight Sadam Ali (Brooklyn, N.Y.); light welterweight Javier Molina (Commerce, Calif.); welterweight Demetrius Andrade (Providence, R.I.); middleweight Shawn Estrada (E. Los Angeles, Calif.); and heavyweight Deontay Wilder (Tuscaloosa, Ala.). The team will be lead by Head Coach Dan Campbell (Colorado Springs, Colo.); Defensive Coach Willy Price (Peshtigo, Wis.); and Offensive Coach Robert Martin (Washington DC). 2004 Olympic Head Coach Basheer Abdullah (Fort Carson, Colo.) is serving at the Technical Advisor for the second time with Joe Smith (Chattanooga, Tenn.) working as Team Manager.
Boxing competition will open on August 9 with middleweight Shawn Estrada (E. Los Angeles, Calif.) beginning competition for the United States. Boxing action will run through August 24, the final day of Olympic action in Beijing.