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Carol Huynh (/ˈwɪn/; born 16 November 1980) is a Canadian freestyle wrestler. Huynh was the first gold medalist for Canada in women's wrestling and was the first gold medalist for Canada at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She is also the current reigning Commonwealth Games and two time Pan American Games champion. Success was also achieved at the world championships where Huynh has totaled one silver and three bronze medals. Huynh is also an eleven time national champion.

Career[edit]Edit

Huynh broke onto the international scene as a wrestler beginning at the World Championships in 2000 where she won bronze. She continued to build on this success at the next World Championships in 2001 where she won silver. She would have to wait four more years till she would medal again at the Worlds when she won a bronze again in 2005. Success never dropped off though, Huynh would win the title in her 48 kg weight class at the 2007 Pan American Games.

She competed in the 48 kg weight class at the 2008 Summer Olympics, winning a gold medal. This broke Canada's gold medal drought at the 2008 Games. She is the second ever female medalist for Canada in Olympic wrestling, after Tonya Verbeek, the 2004 Athens freestyle silver medalist. Huynh was the first gold medalist in women's wrestling for Canada.

Following the Olympic games she continued to perform at a top level, winning bronze at the 2010 World Championships. That same year she won the Commonwealth Games title. Huynh then won the 2011 Canadian title again for 48 kg and then successfully defended her Pan Am Games title in Guadalajara. She has been named to the 2012 Summer Olympics team in London for Canada. There she won a second Olympic medal, this time a bronze in the 48 kg class.

Personal[edit]Edit

Huynh was born in British Columbia to parents who were ethnic Chinese refugees from northern Vietnam. Her father was born in China, but moved to Vietnam when he was three; her mother was born in Vietnam. They settled in the town of New Hazelton, British Columbia, after being sponsored by the local United Church. Coming from a wrestling family, where both of her sisters wrestled, she started wrestling at 15. She started studies at Simon Fraser University in 1998, then moved to the University of Calgary in 2007. Huynh married Dan Biggs, a social worker and former wrestler, in 2005. She is coached by Paul Ragusa, former National team member and Olympian, as well as Leigh Vierling, husband of former World Champion Christine Nordhagen.

Competition Record[edit]Edit

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Competition Event Result Notes
2012 Summer Olympics 48 kg Freestyle (female) Bronze
2011 Pan Am 48 kg Freestyle (female) Gold
2010 Commonwealth games 48 kg Freestyle (female) Gold
2008 Summer Olympics 48 kg Freestyle (female) Gold First Canadian to win a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
2008 Canada Cup withdrew The Canadian women's Olympic wrestling team were slated to compete, but withdrew to rest up for the Olympics. The Canada Cup is a mandatory event in non-Olympic years.
2008 Canadian Olympic trials 48 kg Freestyle (female) 1st Carol Huynh wins a spot on the Olympic team against Erica Sharp
2007 FILA Senior World Championships 48 kg Freestyle (female) 5th Carol Huynh lost the bronze medal match 3-4, 4-1, 1-1 to Mayelis Caripa-Castillo
2007 Pan Am 48 kg Freestyle (female) Gold
2006 Canadian senior wrestling championships 48 kg women Champion
2006 CIS Champion
2006 FILA Senior World Championships 5th
2006 World Cup 48 kg Freestyle (female) Silver
2006 Canada Cup 2nd
2006 Golden Grand Prix 1st
2006 Kiev International 1st
2005 Canadian senior wrestling championships 48 kg women Champion
2005 FILA Senior World Championships 48 kg Freestyle (female) Bronze
2005 Universiade Gold (University World Championships) 
World Cup 2004 48 kg Freestyle (female) Bronze
2004 Canadian Olympic trials 2nd Carol Huynh was an alternate for the wrestling contingent at the 2004 Olympics. She had finished second to Lyndsay Belisle. At the time, she was ranked #1 at 48 kg in NAIA and CIS rankings.
2003 Canadian senior wrestling championships Champion
2003 World Cup 44 kg Bronze
2002 Canadian senior wrestling championships Champion
2002 NAIA 48 kg women Champion Carol Huynh was also the tournament MVP, and came out of it ranked #1 in CIS and NAIA rankings.
2002 FILA Senior World Championships 44 kg Freestyle (female) 5th
2001 FILA Senior World Championships 46 kg Freestyle (female) Silver
2000 FILA Senior World Championships 46 kg Freestyle (female) Bronze
2000 Junior Worlds 46 kg (female) 9th
1999 Junior Worlds 46 kg (female) 7th

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