Two of USA Greco-Roman wrestling’s better-known Senior athletes, Patrick Smith (72 kg, Minnesota Storm) and Robby Smith (130 kg, NYAC), are currently overseas in Denmark participating in a special two-week training camp. Both Smith wrestlers (no relation) competed as returning medalists this past weekend at the Thor Masters Invitational (Pat — bronze in ’17, Robby — gold in ’17), and while neither of the pair was able to repeat their performance from a year ago, that really wasn’t the entire point to the trip in the first place.
For this season especially, the month of February acted as the beginnings of a bridge that connects one phase of training/competition to the next. The US Open is now less than two months away and after that will be the World Team Trials in June. Preparation for both events will take on an all-consuming priority for the nation’s top Seniors, making a foreign training excursion like the aforementioned Thor Masters Camp in Denmark particularly vital for those interested in ensuring their bridges are built for the long run ahead.
What we have here are two video updates from the Smiths — Robby interviewed Pat; Pat interviewed Robby. Fans interested in gaining first-hand perspectives from athletes regarding just how focused and grueling these training camps tend to be, as well as their importance during a critical juncture in the season, will certainly not be disappointed.