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In recent years, Gerhart won four national wrestling titles and a number of international honours.
In April, the 5 foot 6 Gerhart won a gold medal at a international tournament in Cuba. In May she struck gold in the 59 kg division at the Pan Am championships in Columbia.
"It was amazing . I've been to a lot of places, but I think that is my favourite country," she said. "It was probably the best experience I've had on a wrestling trip."
The talented wrestler was set to return to Simon Fraser University in Vancouver today, which is her home base for training with the Canadian National Wrestling Team.
And that gave her more time to take in the sights and sounds of Istanbul, which took some of the sting out of coming up short on the wrestling mat. It was the first time she has ever been to that part of the world.
Although she did not win gold, silver or bronze at the prestigious tournament, Gerhart was not disappointed.
But despite the setback, Gerhart is not giving up. She is more determined than ever to eventually crack the Olympic roster.
She took in a boat cruise, visited the black market and got a taste of Istanbul's renowned night district.
make that team. It goes by quicker than you think," said Gerhart, who was in the Sault for about four days over Christmas visiting family and friends.
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Her hopes of making the Canadian Olympic Wrestling Team were dashed in Winnipeg on Dec. 15 when she placed fourth at Olympic trials. Only the first place finishers in each category qualify for the team and make the trip to England for the 2012 Summer Games.
"I was happy with fifth. It was my first world tournament."
has been delayed, Gerhart can look back fondly on the success she had earlier this year as part of the Canadian National Team.
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"I knew it was going to be a hard go. I new it wasn't going to be easy . I wrestled really well at the tournament. I just made one bad mistake that cost me."
However, Amanda Gerhart had a hard time being jolly a few weeks ago. In fact, she had a tough time cracking a smile. Instead, the 27 year old Sault native actually shed some tears.
"It was devastating. I cried and I was upset," said Gerhart, who Converse All Star Shoes Sale Uk competed in the 55 kilogram division.
Gerhart was one of a group of about 40 Canadians including athletes, coaches and therapists who made the trip to Turkey for the world championships.
While in Istanbul, Gerhart visited a number of tourist spots in the historic city that has served as the capital of Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire.
She placed fifth in September at the World Wrestling Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, and won a gold medal at the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, in October.
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Gerhart was done competing two days into the 12 day trip to Turkey in September, which meant she didn't have to focus on her next opponent.
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