Olympic wrestling champ Wiebe stays on sidelines for 2017 worlds

2014 Commonwealth Games - Wrestling

July 29 2014: Erica Wiebe of Ottawa, Canada during the 75kg wrestling competition at the Scottish Exhibition Conference Centre during the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo: Steve Kingsman

A little over a year after winning the biggest prize in her sport at Rio 2016, Olympic champion Erica Wiebe has been displaced as the world’s #1-ranked wrestler.

The Stittsville native hasn’t competed since early March in Ukraine, having decided on a break from competition prior to the Canadian Championships, for multiple reasons, including injuries and life balance, she told CBC Sports.

“I feel like I’m so much more than just a wrestler,” said Wiebe. “I’ve just thrown myself into being a wrestler and being an Olympic champion and all of the excitement and opportunities that that has afforded me, but it’s almost hard because then my identity is totally placed in that.”

Justina Di Stasio represented Canada in Wiebe’s women’s 75 kg category at worlds and earned a bronze medal.

—Ottawa Sportspage

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