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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 031-97
January 24, 1997

ARMY OLYMPIANS NAMED 1996 ARMED FORCES ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

Two Army Olympians, Sgt. Theresa Dewitt and Staff Sgt. Derrick Waldroup, were selected by the Armed Forces Sports Council as the 1996 Armed Forces Male and Female Athletes of the Year. They will be honored January 24 at the U.S. Military Sports Association Pride of the Nation awards banquet at the National Press Club and January 25 at the 62nd annual Touchdown Club Timmie awards dinner both in Washington, D.C.

DeWitt joined the Army in 1991 and was assigned to the Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, Ga. As a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Shooting Team, DeWitt placed fourth in the women's double trap shotgun shooting competition.

She also won a silver medal at the 1996 USA World Cup in Atlanta, Ga., and a gold medal at the 1995 Pan American Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Cincinnati, Ohio native was also a member of the gold medal-winning women's double trap team at the 1996 World Cup in Lonato, Italy.

A graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in wildlife management, DeWitt began shooting in 1988.

Waldroup climaxed a highly successful 20-year wrestling career by qualifying for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling team. The 198-pound contender finished 7th in Atlanta. He was on the All-Army wrestling team for 11 years. In that time, he won 10 Armed Forces Greco-Roman and several free style championships. At the national level, Waldroup participated in 11 U.S. Wrestling Federation National Championships and is a four- time gold medalist.

In 1966 the Chicago native was inducted into the Illinois Wrestling Hall of Fame. Married and the father of three, Waldroup entered the Army in 1985, taking basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C.

DeWitt and Waldroup are members of the Army's World Class Athlete Program.

For further information contact Karen White, Armed Forces Sports Council, (703) 325-8871.

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