Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Olympian Chas Betts spoke to the St. Michael-Albertville Rotary Tuesday morning.
Chas Betts spoke to the St. Michael-Albertville Rotary Tuesday morning. By way of introduction, Rotarian Linda Borchardt explained her connection to Betts. "I live in the same neighborhood, and sending him off to the Olympics was like sending my own son," Borchardt said. Betts, a Minnesota Storm member, shared his background in wresting and explained how he came upon Roman Greco wrestling in the third grade. While Betts always had Olympic dreams, it was just a year ago that he truly believed he could do it. "I had tried out for the Olympic team in 2008 and didn't make it, but the difference this year was that I truly believed I could do it," he said noting he'd never seen his parents so nervous. "They would walk the halls at competitions, …
Monday, September 24, 2012
The St. Michael-Albertville Rotary meets at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Crow River Senior Center.
Olympian Chas Betts will be speaking at the St. Michael-Albertville Rotary meeting Tuesday morning. Betts who is a St. Michael-Albertville grad competed in the London Olympic Games in Roman-Greco wrestling. The St. Michael-Albertville Rotary meets Tuesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. in the Crow River Senior Center.
Monday, August 6, 2012
The St. Michael Roman-Greco wrestler began competition this morning.
The day Chas Betts has been dreaming and training for has arrived. His first match against Keilana Graham of Micronesia went especially well with Betts winning 6-0, 1-0. For his second match, he will be up against Pablo Shorey of Cuba. Shorey is the 2010 World Silver medalist. Shorey previously beat Betts in the Pan-Am Olympic qualifier final. The Roman-Greco qualifying matches will be televised from London at 11:15 a.m. today followed by the finals from 2:30 -3:30 p.m. More finals will be aired Tuesday from 4:45-5:30 p.m. The Star Tribune published an article this morning about Betts and his wife, Kristi and the sacrifices their marriage has taken to make this Olympic run. In addition to Betts and his wife, nine family members are in …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
With a few days left before his day in the spotlight, St. Michael Olympian Chas Betts is enjoying his time at the 2012 London Games.
St. Michael-Albertville grad Chas Betts, a part of the Knights' state championship wrestling team here and a state champion himself, is enjoying his moment in the Olympic spotlight thus far. Betts told USA Wrestling he's been training hard, but that he and some other members of the wrestling squad were going to get out earlier this week to see London and take in some of the other Olympic events. The Greco-Roman wrestler will take to the mats Monday, wrestling in the 84kg (185 pound) weight class. Betts and the USA team got a visit earlier this week from national and international media. Then, WWE legend and Olympic powerlifter Mark Henry stopped by for a photo op and visit with the Greco team.
Chas Betts who has been wrestling since the 1st grade competes next Monday in London.
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Thursday, August 2, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
A lifetime of preparation has made Chas Betts the only Minnesotan man on the United States Olympic Team this summer. The community will bid him good luck Saturday with a sendoff party at Neighbors in Albertville.
When Chas Betts started the St. Michael-Albertville Youth Wrestling program in first grade, his parents had no idea the journey they had begun. “I wrestled as a kid, and I thought it’d be fun for him to try it out,” his father, Pete said. “He won his first match and we never looked back!” Friday, July 27, the dream will take Chas from St. Michael to London, England, where he will walk in during the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympic Games. "It's just going to be a great experience," Chas said. "It's something that I worked very hard for, and something that I always thought I could do. But I'm not just there to have fun." Chas, who is a 2004 graduate of St. Michael-Albertville High School has been on the edge of his Olympic dream …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
For Olympian Chas Betts, the ash and smoke has been a distraction less than a month before the London 2012 games. But for now, those with local ties, like Betts, are surviving down in Colorado Springs.
As Chas Betts made his way through the Olympic Training Center a couple of days ago, the unthinkable started to happen. "It was kind of like a volcano," Betts, a 2012 qualifier and former St. Michael-Albertville standout in wrestling, said. "It was like raining ash and soot." Betts has called Colorado Springs his home for the past several years as he's trained day and night to earn a spot on the Greco-Roman wrestling squad, a dream he accomplished last spring. This isn't the kind of distraction he, or any of the team, really wants or needs. Yet, the urgency of the Waldo Canyon fire, which has destroyed homes in the Springs' northern areas and threatened the United States Air Force Academy, outweights anything else right now. "It's on …
Friday, May 11, 2012
Chas Betts has earned the 2012 Jacob Curby Memorial Award. This award is presented annually to recognize a Greco-Roman athlete from each of its Olympic Training Centers for displaying strong personal character and commitment.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
This week's selection includes a school board member resigning, a business suing Richfield and a Minnesota School of Business department chair sentenced for fraud.
Editor’s Note: Every week we will bring you a sampling of stories from Patch sites in the west metro: Edina, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Shakopee, St. Louis Park and St. Michael. (Click on the headline to read the full story.) Friends React to Unexpected Loss Social media was filled with memorials to 18-year-old Andrew Dudley following Wednesday’s fatal crash. Students Paint 'Senior Wall' in Honor of Dudley A day after the death of Andrew Dudley, seniors at St. Louis Park High School honored their peer and friend the best way they knew how—with paint. Edina Administrators Reverse on Hornette Name Change The district opted to retain the Hornette name in an effort to refocus energy toward combating …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
For St. Michael's Chas Betts, Saturday night in Iowa City was the culmination of sacrifice and hard work in order to earn one title: Olympic wrestler.
As exhausted and emotional Chas Betts left the mats at the University of Iowa's Carver Hawkeye Arena last weekend, he spoke frankly about how the night was the culmination of years of sacrifice. Betts, a St. Michael-Albertville graduate and one-time Minnesota State Champion in wrestling, earned a spot on the United States Olympic Team by defeating fellow Minnesotan Jordan Holm in the 84 kg (185 pounds) finals, sweeping a series of matches to earn his spot. "It's been a lot of sacrifice," he told media outlets, inlcuding USA Wrestling. "I trained for over a year, overseas, by myself to do this. I left my wife and my family behind. We've been through a lot." Longtime St. Michael-Albertville wrestling coach Gregg Greeno said the spot on the …