Georges St-Pierre To Wrestle At The 2012 London Games?
UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has single-handily put Canada on the MMA map, but in 2012 he will be aiming to do even more for his country at the Summer Games in London, England.
The native of Saint-Isidore, Quebec has dominated his weight class in the octagon for the past couple of years and he is hoping to do the same on the wrestling mat in the 74 kg division. The only problem remains that Canada is already well stocked at that weight class. His competition may include the likes of Matt Gentry, and NCAA champion for Stanford University who represented Canada at the 2008 Games, and Evan McDonald, who is currently ranked atop the Canadian contingent. However, Gentry still feels the addition of St-Pierre may be a good one for Canada’s medal hopes in London.
“Evan McDonald is the number one guy in Canada at that weight. If St. Pierre comes in, there’s going to be a lot of depth at that weight,” Gentry told Cagewriter. “That kind of depth is only going to make our country better. It will make the representative who ends up competing more tested, and they’ll have to work harder to earn that spot, which will pay off in the long run.” [Cage Fighter]
Whatever the case may be, if St-Pierre does decide to go through with these plans, it may mean putting his UFC career on hold as making the Canadian Olympic team is a long process that can be quite demanding, both on his body and on his schedule. However, if there is anyone with the work ethic, training regimen, determination, and athletic ability needed to succeed in such an endeavour, GSP may be that guy.
But until then, expect St-Pierre’s main focus to be on his next challenger, Dan Hardy.