Over the past week social media sites have been flooded with videos of people dumping buckets of frigid ice water on themselves all in the name of charity. The Ice Bucket Challenge phenomenon was started to help raise awareness for ALS, the neurological disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig Disease.
The ALS Association reports that approximately 740,000 people have donated nearly $42 million just this month to the organization, largely due to the success ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Once again, the wrestling community has accepted the challenge, with the sport's top stars participating and donating to the ALS cause, and having a little fun along the way, arctic style.
All eight members of the 2014 U.S. Women's Freestyle World Team, along with one of their coaches, took the plunge for ALS by jumping in a cold tub bearing a chilling temperature of 10 degrees Celsius. The team is going through its training camp prior to the 2014 World Wrestling Championships.
Each of the women challenged another person to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge before jumping into the ice-cold tub.
These women will compete at the World Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, September 10-12.
Other notable names in the wrestling world accepting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge were two-time World Champion and Olympic Champion Jordan Burroughs, USA Wrestling Greco-Roman National Coach Matt Lindland, USA Wrestling Women's Freestyle World Team Terry Steiner, 2012 Olympic bronze medalists Coleman Scott and Clarissa Chun and many, many more.
For more information on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and how to participate in the cause to find a cure for ALS please visit http://www.alsa.org/.
U.S. Women's World Team members doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Alyssa Lampe, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids)
53 kg/116.5 lbs. - Whitney Conder, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Army WCAP)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Helen Maroulis, Rockville, Md. (Sunkist Kids)
58 kg/128 lbs. - Alli Ragan, Colorado Springs, Colo. (NYAC)
60 kg/132 lbs. - Jenna Burkert, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Elena Pirozhkova, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Titan Mercury WC)
69 kg /152 lbs. - Randi Miller, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Army WCAP)
75 kg/165 lbs. - Adeline Gray, Colorado Springs, Colo. (New York AC)
World Team Coach – Afsoon Johnston, San Diego, Calif.