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Graettinger-Terril grad works toward Olympic dream

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Graettinger-Terril graduate Jared Enderton is pursuing his dream of becoming an Olympic weightlifter and his hometown is helping out. Graettinger-Terril graduate Jared Enderton is pursuing his dream of becoming an Olympic weightlifter and his hometown is helping out.

Not very many world class athletes get to the top of their sport alone. There are parents, friends, coaches and entire communities who make the journey possible.

Graettinger-Terril graduate Jared Enderton is pursuing his dream of becoming an Olympic weightlifter and his hometown is helping out.

Enderton was a state champion wrestler at 189 pounds in 2007, and went on to wrestle at Northern Iowa.

Last year, as he tried to qualify for the U-S Olympic weightlifting trials, a controversial judges decision to overturn a completed lift, kept him out of the trials. Enderton now works out at the U-S Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, but lives "off-campus", meaning he doesn't have his expenses paid for as "on-campus" athletes do.

The communities of Graettinger and Terril are holding a "prom-themed" fundraiser for Enderton so he can train full time for the 2016 Olympic Games.

"With the fundraiser and everybody supporting me, it will allow me to focus all my effort on training instead of having to try to work 30-40 hours a week," said Enderton. "I can focus all my effort on training to try to become a true, full time athlete. That's why I'm so grateful for what they're doing for me so I can train towards 2016 and take full advantage of it."

"It's important for us to get behind him because he does a lot of good things," said committee member Tonya Feldhacker. "How many times can a community say that they have an Olympian? If he makes the Olympics, that is going to be really cool for Graettinger to say, home of Olympian Jared Enderton. That would just be amazing."

The fundraiser starts at 5 o'clock Saturday, with the dance going until midnight at the American Legion in Graettinger.

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