Team USA Departs for CanadaCOLORADO SPRINGS, COLO) – USA Boxing’s elite women traveled north to Cornwall, Ontario, Canada on Sunday morning following a week-long training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The squad spent the week in Colorado preparing for the 2012 Women’s Continental Championships, April 4-7 at the NAV Centre in Cornwall.
The event, which will feature elite women from north, central and south America is the first international event of 2012 for the United States’ female athletes. Sixty-five boxers from 15 nations are registered to compete in the event, which will showcase several of the boxers who will vie for Olympic berths and world titles at the 2012 World Championships in May.
The 10 women representing Team USA all recorded first places finishes at either the first-ever U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing or the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships. The Olympic Trials winners will vie for gold in the three Olympic weight classes with flyweight Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) and lightweight Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) returning to Women’s Continental Championships action, and 17-year-old middleweight Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) competing in her first open division international competition in Canada.
The seven USA Boxing National champions competing for gold north of the border will be light flyweight Alex Love (Monroe, Wash.), bantamweight Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.), featherweight Tiara Brown (Lehigh Acres, Fla.), light welterweight Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.), welterweight Raquel Miller (San Francisco, Calif.), light heavyweight Franchon Crews (Baltimore, Md.) and heavyweight Victoria Perez (Ventura, Calif.).
Coaches Israel Acosta (Milwaukee, Wis.), Gloria Peek (Norfolk, Va.), Bruce Kawano (Pearl City, Hawaii) and Team Manager Joe Smith (Chattanooga, Tenn.) kept the squad on track in Colorado Springs prior to their trip to Canada on Sunday. Dr. Ted Mills (Glen Cove, N.Y.) and AIBA official Patricia Pliner (Janesville, Wis.) will round out the United States’ delegation traveling to Canada.
Women’s Continental Championships action will begin on Wednesday, April 4 with first round action and quarterfinal competition will take place on Thursday, April 5. The women will compete in semifinal round action on Friday, April 6 and vie for gold in the event finals on Saturday, April 7. All of the sessions will begin at 7 p.m. ET nightly. The Women’s Continental Championships can be viewed via livestream at www.gfl.tv.
The full list of registered competitors for the 2012 Women’s Continental Championships can be found below.
Light Flyweight/106 lbs
Yairineth Altuve, Venezuela
Flyweight/112 lbs (Olympic weight class)
Pemela Bernanidez, Argentina
Lightweight/132 lbs (Olympic Weight Class)
Light welterweight/141 lbs
Middleweight/165 lbs (Olympic weight class)
Light heavyweight/178 lbs