Olympian's uncle dedicates magic show

Kelvin Chun
Kelvin Chun

By Kristine Uyeno - bio | email

NUUANU (KHNL) -- Hawaii's own Clarissa Chun will soon make her Olympic debut in wrestling. To celebrate, her uncle held a very magical show for her at Nuuanu School.

"Tomorrow's a big day for her, she has practiced all her life and focused on on the Olympics," said Kelvin Chun, her uncle.

He dedicates all these tricks from his magic show, to his niece.

On Friday, she hits the mat in Beijing and competes in the 105-lb. division for wrestling. But of all things, why would her uncle honor her this way? Because Clarissa had an interest in magic, when she was younger.

Clarissa would grow up to be the first, female, wrestling state champ while at Roosevelt High School. Now the Kapolei resident is in China for the biggest performance of her life.

"She's more focused so she doesn't want any distractions so she wants to focus on the matches and practice hard and train hard and everything," said Chun.

Kelvin hopes the students understand the message he tries to send to them, to focus on their goals and reach for the stars, like Clarissa. Because they too, can have a magical future.

He says Clarissa will hit the mat on Friday at 3:30 p.m. HST.