UNC wrestling coach dreams of gold at 2016 Olympic games

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – UNC wrestling coach Coleman Scott won the bronze medal in the 60 kilogram weight class in the 2012 Olympics.

Although Coleman didn’t go home with the gold that year, he’s hoping the outcome will be different in 2016 in Rio.

Scott’s journey to the 2016 summer games begins Saturday as he kicks of his season at the U.S. Open in Vegas.

“It’s not your goal, it’s hard to step back out there for one more match when it’s not your goal,” Scott said. “It would’ve been easy for me to walk away from my career, but it doesn’t feel like it’s been fulfilled yet.”

The road to Rio is a path untraveled, but Scott won’t be going at it alone. He’s in good company with Coach Kendall Cross, who has been to two Olympic games, winning gold in Atlanta in 1996.

Cross is familiar with Scott’s journey,

“I know that for myself and Coleman, when you make an Olympic team, and you have the chance to do it again. There’s so much motivation to do it again,” Cross said.

Having medaled in London, Scott has already punched a ticket to Olympic Qualifiers in April, which is a “must-win” tournament.

Scott knows that practice makes perfect.

“It’s not going to come from when you step on the mat. It’s going to come from the 12-18 weeks prior, all the work that you put in,” Scott said.

With qualifiers in April, the Olympics in August, Scott has a lot of work to do to make sure he’s prepared.

“It really just kicks off my year. I’m starting in December to make sure I’m ready by next August,” Scott said. “I still had the dream, I still had the desire… that one day next August, I can be the best in the world.”

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