Less than two years out of prison, Jordan Holm is competing today for a spot on the US Olympic Team. He is one of the top prospects for London 2012, being ranked #1 in the most recent USA Wrestling rankings, and he is seeded third at the event in Iowa City. His first match will likely be in the second round against his friend and 2010 US National Champion Cheney Haight, who was also the 2011 US World Team Member. In order to make the Olympic Team he must place first. This means coming out on top of a bracket that contains 7 national champions including Jordan. Of course every wrestler who qualifies for the Olympic Team Trials is at an elite level and aiming to be at their peak performance for this rare opportunity. Every point of every match is immensely important.
You may recall that Iowa City is also the location of another event that turned Jordan's world around in 2002. Nearly ten years later, the story is making another loop through Iowa, where Jordan spent the majority of the past decade behind bars. His post conviction relief case in Johnson County is still pending, and the future timing of a new trial in an Iowa City courthouse has yet to be determined. This separate, but similarly daunting struggle has been set aside for the moment as he pours his full effort into making the Olympic team and representing the United States in London.
Fortunately, he is returning to Iowa fully prepared, in peak mental and physical condition. Before weigh-ins he wrote me:
"I am grateful for this opportunity. I feel blessed to be here. I am confident God has given me the abilities to win this tournament."
A newspaper article with more information can be found here at the Northfield News.
Seeding placement and wrestler bios can be found here at TheMat.com.
Live brackets can be found at TrackWrestling.com. (Click on "2012 US Olympic Trials" then "Enter Tournament" then "'here' to continue..." then "Brackets" on the far left, then "GR 84 KG" and follow the instructions. Eventually they will simplify this website.)
Live streaming coverage starting at 9 a.m. Central can be found here at NBCOlympics.com.
Even more information is available at IowaCitytoLondon.com