YAKIMA, Wash. - There’s no time like the present.
Especially for Cameron Guerin.
Davis’ four-time state wrestling champion on Friday signed a one-year commitment with the residency program at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, where she will launch directly into full-time training with the U.S. National women’s team and its coaching staff.
“My plan is to be there at least a year and I couldn’t be more excited to get started,” Guerin said shortly after making her commitment official alongside U.S. National women’s coach Terry Steiner. “I have so much belief in myself that I know I’m ready to take this step. It’ll be a big boost for my training and goals.”
After her high school graduation in June, Guerin said she will depart for Colorado Springs in either late August or early September. In the meantime, she is preparing for the Women’s National Championships and Junior World Team Trials in Irving, Texas, on May 11-13.
Last year, Guerin made the U.S. team for the World Junior Championships and placed fifth in Tampere, Finland, as one of the youngest competitors in any weight class. Leading up to the trip to Finland, she won the Pan American Cadet title in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
With that level of international experience already and with the 2020 Olympics just two years away, Guerin felt the move to Colorado Springs took precedent over enrolling in college. Nevertheless, it was a difficult decision to make.
“There is a part of me that didn’t want to put off or delay college, but that option will always be there for me,” she said. “I’ll make sure to keep those relationships with the colleges I’ve talked to and keep those options open for the future.”
Steiner has been the U.S. National women’s coach since 2002 and is in his fifth Olympic cycle as the head coach. During his years Team USA has accumulated 36 Senior World medals, seven World champions, five Olympic medalists and one Olympic champion.
Even after a dominating close to her state four-peat two months ago and finishing her high school career with a 126-0 record, Guerin will be a relatively young addition to the OTC’s residency program.
But, ultimately, the time is now.
“I definitely feel like I’m ready now,” she said. “It does so much for my confidence to hear these great coaches talk so highly of my future. It’s crazy, really. There are so many resources here, and I’m excited to get started and see where it takes me.”