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BOULDER, Colo. â€“ March 26, 2010 – Arno Niemand, longtime proponent of women’s wrestling, announced today that he will continue to sponsor wrestler Marcie Van Dusen thorough 2010. A 2008 Olympian, Ms. Van Dusen will lead a Women’s Wrestling Technique Tour around the U.S., making its first stop in Oklahoma City on March 27, during the 2010 Girls Folkstyle National Championship. Mr. Niemand’s former company, Body Bar Inc. will support this sponsorship by providing Body Bar products and Body Bar DVDs throughout the year.
â€œIt has been a pleasure working with Ms. Van Dusen over the last year, so it was an easy decision to continue the sponsorship,â€ commented Arno Niemand, strong supporter of women’s wresting and previous owner and chairman of Body Bar Inc. â€œWe have had such success with our previous clinics that we decided to add three more locations this year. Marcie is an articulate, professional, and enthusiastic spokesperson for the growing women’s wrestling industry.â€
Mr. Niemand, a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, recently stepped down from his position with Body Bar Inc. but will continue his support of USA Wrestling.
Van Dusen was one out of only four women to represent the USA in the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Now the former World Champion and Olympic wrestler is planning a coaching career.
â€œI am about to finish my Bachelor of Arts in geography but it is very hard to leave the sport I have loved for so many years,â€ commented Ms. Van Dusen. â€œMy goal is to support the community in any positive way I can.â€
â€œArno Niemand and Marcie Van Dusen have been an integral part of the success of the U.S. Women’s program,â€ said Terry Steiner, national team coach for the USA Wrestling Women’s Wrestling program. â€œMarcie developed her wrestling skills and mentality through USA Wrestling’s development structure, largely because of the efforts and support of Arno and Body Bar Inc. Now Marcie is ready to give back to the youth of women’s wrestling by helping educate its youth. This is a win-win for all involved.â€
“Women’s wrestling is growing and these young women now have opportunities to be trained and mentored by women who have walked in their shoes,â€œ commented Ms. Van Dusen. â€œI’m honored to be a part of this movement and grateful to Mr. Niemand for his continued support of women’s wrestling.â€
Women’s Wrestling Technique Tour
Following is the schedule for Ms. Van Dusen’s clinics. Additional dates are expected to be added once confirmed.
March 27 – Oklahoma City
April 16 – Tulare, CA
May 15 – Kissimmee, FL
May 22 & 23 – Arlington, TX
About Arno Niemand
Mr. Niemand is a 1956 graduate of Cornell, where he was on the wrestling team. He was later inducted into the Cornell Hall of Distinguished Wrestling Alumni. He went on to earn his MBA in 1958 from the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. Throughout his life, Mr. Niemand has continued to support the sport of wrestling, and in 2008 received the FILA Gold Star, which is the highest award given to an individual by the world governing body of wrestling. In 2009, he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, earning the Order of Merit.
As previous owner and chairman of Body Bar Inc., Niemand has sponsored the USA Wrestling Women’s National Team since 2003.
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