18 Apr '12, 11am

Byers intends to make good on Olympic promise to grandfather

Byers intends to make good on Olympic promise to grandfather

SAN ANTONIO (Army News Service, April 17, 2012) -- U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program wrestler Sgt. 1st Class Dremiel Byers is more concerned about making good on a promise to his late grandfather than the return of Rulon Gardner, his former archrival on the mat. "I just want to make sure I get the medals that nobody said I could get, and especially the one I promised my grandfather," said Byers, who vowed to win an Olympic medal for his late grandfather, Theodore Byers. "Chase the medals, and the right one will come. That's our philosophy with the Olympics. "I want it to be gold. I've always wanted it to be gold, and he wanted it to be gold. He would have been proud no matter what I brought home, but gold is why I was going. I've got my promise coating that medal. It's the one that has eluded me. I understand both sides of that coin, I definitely do, but I just need my...

Full article: http://www.army.mil/article/78009/Byers_intends_to_make_g...

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