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07/29/04

Send-off Party for Local Olympic Medalist

Bronze medal winner Cheryl Haworth again going to the Olympics. Haworth, who is a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design, is attending a very special send off party being given by the school tonight. The weightlifter is nervous, excited and very flattered that her school would send her off with such a bang.

"Training is going great, really well, my coach is really excited," she told us.

With less than two weeks until she leaves for Greece, she compares the two pre-Olympic experiences. "It wasn't the complete madhouse like it was before the 2000 games," she said. "Which is fine, it's given me a chance to stay close to home and not do as much traveling and I did before the games in Sydney."

So in between training five days a week, she does the typical college thing. "I've done a couple of interviews, CNN, I had a woman come down here to make a documentary," she said.

The big question now, does she feel like she has to produce another medal? "I think about that over and over like, 'What am I going to do if I don't bring anything home?' I can't let that happen, it's not an option for me."

But she says there are other important things, like securing personal goals. "I will be satisfied if I know I am getting stronger, I can break records," she said. "If something happens where I don't get a medal, I will be personally satisfied that I am making improvement."

Reported by: Kim Angelastro, kangelastro@wtoc.com

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