Cejudo aims for gold again in 2012
Tuesday, 08 March 2011
Olympic gold medalist, author and hometown hero Henry Cejudo hopes to add another gold medal to his remarkable life story by competing in the 2012 London Olympics.
The 23-year-old wrestling powerhouse has stayed loyal to an aggressive training regimen since winning the gold medal in 2008.
Cejudo achieved his dream of becoming an Olympian at 21-years-old.
An improbable goal for an unlikely hero, his character and spirit were strengthened through a childhood spent fighting for survival on and off the mat.
Cejudo is confident that the dedication, determination and desire that propelled him from adversity to Olympic gold will serve him again in 2012.
"Winning another gold medal for my country would be an honour for me," he said.
"Training to perform at the Olympic level takes everything you have in your body, heart, mind and soul.
"I have always been committed to wrestling and the United States; I am ready to put everything I have behind that commitment again."
Cejudo plans to return to the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he trained for four years prior to winning the Olympic gold medal in Beijing.
"Henry Cejudo is the reigning Olympic champion," said USA Wrestling Executive Director Rich Bender.
"Anytime you have an athlete of that calibre in your programme is a huge lift."
The American born son of illegal immigrants from Mexico, Cejudo spent his early years in fear of his criminal father and immigration officials.
He struggled to find consistency in his chaotic world as he fought for survival on and off the wrestling mat.
His amazing story of determination and triumph has won the hearts of America. A story that was captured by Henry Cejudo and Bill Plaschke in a book titled "American Victory."
"We are excited about his return and look forward to his quest for another Olympic title," said national freestyle coach Zeke Jones.
"Getting Henry back is exciting for American wrestling.
"It is always great for our programme to have our Olympic champions on the mat.
"He has a lot of work to do.
"We will have a chance to evaluate where he is at, and set a training and competition schedule for him."