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Monday Roundup: 1st World Team Camp This Week; German Grand Prix Details

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Max Nowry -- Photo: Tony Rotundo

Fresh off of a trip that started in Italy late last month and has just wrapped in Austria, a sizable delegation of USA Greco-Roman athletes are returning home for the first World Team training camp of the summer.

The camp, which as usual takes place at the US Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, is scheduled for July 7-15. Thursday marks the start of the gathering but Friday is more positioned as the legitimate opening day due to the expectation of several late arrivals.

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World Team camp in ’22 for the US roster is, according to the most recent iteration of the Senior schedule, divided into two intervals. After the first leg ends next week, athletes will have a respite before reconvening on July 26 for another week of training dates. Originally, a trek to Poland for the annual Wladyslaw Pytlasinski Memorial (July 20-24) was to be availed as a pre-World test but that has since changed. Subsequent trips for WT members to Germany (see below) and Lithuania are also reportedly no longer part of the training block. Germany is hosting their Grand Prix August 5-7, and Lithuania is offering a camp that follows the Druskininkai Cup (August 20-21).

An extensive list of attendees are set to participate in World Team Camp ’22, including most members of the US National Team as well as many other top domestic competitors. Similar to this past winter’s “January Camp”, age-group athletes are also in the mix, which will help the overall camp roster to eclipse 50 athletes. We will work to provide perspectives and insights from athletes sometime next week.

Back in Dortmund

August 5 will usher in the first Grand Prix of Germany since ’19, with the popular tournament acting as Europe’s premier pre-World warm-up. Pytlasinski will still likely hold onto its status as a de-facto selection event for various national federations, but the German GP is no less important given where it traditionally falls on the calendar.

As mentioned above, the United States is said to no longer have the Grand Prix of Germany in its training plan for the World Championships, though it is unknown if athletes on an individual basis will be permitted to enter the tournament. A swath of European countries already have designs on sending their own delegations, and host nation Germany in particular is looking to use the event to potentially determine spots for their own World roster. Lithuania’s Druskininkai Cup is in closer proximity to the Worlds in terms of date range, but perhaps too close, considering that Druskininkai ends just three weeks prior to the start of wrestling in Belgrade.

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