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Health and Wellness Expo celebrates Olympians

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- As athletes around the world are taking part in qualifying rounds for the Olympics in London, a little closer to home, some wellness professionals and local athletes are sharing some of their secrets to health.

As excitement builds for this summer's Olympic games, with trials and qualifying rounds, some area athletes are reminded of their time spent working towards the Olympic status.

I met Gary Neist, a wrestler for team USA.

"In 1972 and that was at Munich," explained Neist.

Now living in his hometown of Albert Lea, Neist recalled what it was like to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team.

"You want to make the team and you want to have a good showing for yourself and your country and when we represent our country, it's kind of a big deal," stated Neist.

He was lucky enough to live his dream. Nick Severson, of Rochester is still trying to do so.

"Made it down to Iowa City for the final remaining 8 wrestlers and I ended up getting fourth at the Olympic Trials," explained Severson.

Wrestling has been a part of Severson's life since the age of five.

"My goal right now is to make the U.S. team and compete in the world championships, needs some work right now, but it's not a far-fetched goal," said Severson.

Goals, just like dreams, we all need them. The health and wellness expo is a great place to start being fit and staying fit to achieve those goals.

Rochester's own, Erin Calflish, a Mayo graduate and current University of Minnesota Women's swimmer is hoping to be the next local Olympian.Calflish, will be competing in the Olympic Trials later this week in Nebraska, the 100 meter freestyle and the 50 meter freestyle.

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