TEAM: Wrestling WEIGHT: 58 kg. BORN: July 10, 1987 SCHOOL: Cayuga Secondary School, Brock University
BORN HAMILTON, IN Fazzari won a provincial high school championship for Cayuga a couple of years after taking up wrestling on a dare.
She got into the sport seriously when she attended Brock and won three gold medals at the CIS championships and competed at the 2008 world university championships.
Her first international experience came in 2006 when she won silver at the Pan American junior championships and bronze at the Pan Am senior championships.
She also placed in the top 10 in the world championships in 2012, ’14 and ’15, and has been ranked as high as second in the world. She won the gold medal at the 2013 Jeux de la Francophonie.
She made her first national team despite shoulder surgery two years earlier that doctors felt would end her wrestling career. And she competed at the Pan Am Games just three weeks after she had knee surgery and was unable to continue after her first match.
But heading into the Olympics she’s had an excellent season, qualified for the Olympics — she was in London in 2012 as a training partner for medallist Tonya Verbeek — and hopes to be a medal contender in Rio.
“You don’t just want to go to the Olympics,” she told The Spectator’s Scott Radley. “You want to do well.”
Michelle Fazzari: A dare started it