Hi! If you don’t know me yet, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Ellis Coleman. I am now the 2012 Olympian at 60 kgs in Greco-Roman wrestling for the United States. It sounds pretty cool, but my road to get here has not always been easy.
I started wrestling at 10 years old. Back then I lived in a rough neighborhood of Chicago. The future was not always bright for many of my old friends. Mine would be just like theirs unless something changed. What changed was that I found a passion in life. I found a passion for wrestling and become part of a team that needed me for all the great things I had to offer.
This is my High School coach Mike Powell, which is an understatement. Mike Powell has been with me since I started wrestling at 10 years old. Since then, he hasn’t allowed me to slip off track either in my wrestling or in my development as a person. He has been a father figure to me. My mother raised us on her own, another obstacle that we’ve faced as a family with courage. Mike Powell has been there, as close to our family as anyone in our lives.
The victory at the the Olympic Team Trials was more than just a win to me. It was proof that doing the right things has paid off. The relationships that I have require just as much effort to be healthy and happy as the effort I commit to my wrestling. And it is because of these relationships that my wrestling has reached the highest level. I have gotten back many times over what I have put into them.
It’s exciting going to the Olympic Games. It is a lifelong dream of mine. I am thrilled to be who I am and where I am. I am thrilled to have this opportunity to represent the country I love. My life is going the way I hoped and dreamed, with all of my friends, family, and supporters near me, cheering me on. I can not thank everyone enough. If you are here it’s because you are my fan, or because you want to be a fan of mine. I humble myself before you, your belief in me helps me to believe in myself.
This is my girlfriend, Helen Maroulis, she narrowly missed qualifying for the Olympic Games. She finished second at the Olympic Team Trials. Because of this she will not be taken to London with the United States team. I am helping her find the means to go. I will need her help to win the gold in London.
This is my mother, I can’t imagine wrestling without her support. She has been there for me when I needed her most. Again, I will need her help in London, and I will find her the means to go.
This is my story. I need YOU to cheer for me. I need your support to win the Gold in London 2012. This is why we are accepting contributions. We want YOU to be a part of it. When I wrestle and win, I am doing it for all my fans. I will not forget your contributions in helping me reach my dreams.
If you don’t have the means to contribute at this time, please voice your support. Every good word helps!