Nation: United States of America
DOB: September 30, 1983
Career Highlights: Going by a different first name, Lester put aside the disappointment of four years ago by qualifying for his first Olympics.
Lester, who went by the nickname “Harry” until recently, was upset at the 2008 Olympic trials, losing in the semifinals to
teenager Jake Deitchler after being a gold-medal favorite for Beijing. He retired after the 2008 trials but returned to the
sport and is again a favorite to medal in London. Lester, a specialist in the U.S. Army and member of its World Class Athlete
program, is a two-time bronze medalist at the world championships (2006, 2007) who has also wrestled up a weight class at
74kg, winning the Sunkist Kids International Open last October. He’s had his most success at 66kg, however. Lester is a four-time
winner of the Dave Schulz Memorial International and was the 2007 Pan American Games champion at that weight. He finished
fifth at the most recent world championships. A four-time Ohio high school state champion at Cuyahoga Falls Valley Christian
Academy, where he went 165-2, Lester attended Iowa State and Northern Michigan and graduated from the latter with degrees
in history and geography. He was a second-team all-state performer in football in high school and has five siblings (three
brothers, two sisters).
Olympic History: None