October 13, 2005
Colorado Springs, Co. - Albany's Iris Smith has been named the athlete of the month by the United States Olympic Committee.
Smith, who is a sergeant in the United States Army stationed at Fort Collins, Colorado, wins the honor after winning a gold medal at the World Wrestling Championships in Budapest Hungary two weeks ago.
Iris Smith beat five time world champion Kyoko Hamaguchi of Japan in the gold medal match.
Iris Smith was the only USA wrestler to win a gold medal at the World Championships.