Fargo double champ Anthony Echemendia announced on social media today his intentions to continue his academic and athletic career at Iowa State University.
Thank you very much to this great country for giving me this opportunity I still cannot believe what is happening in my life, thank you very much to all the people who have had to do with this. My parents in Cuba are very proud of me❤@CycloneWR 🌪🌪💪🏾 pic.twitter.com/b3nX2frEsM— Anthony Echemendia (@AnthonyEchemen1) September 20, 2019
Echemendia is native to Cuba and immigrated to the United State a little over a year ago by seeking asylum status. The story of how Anthony made his way to Sunnydale, Arizona, where he became a state champ, is remarkable, and who better to tell it than Anthony himself.
Click on the tweet below and read the thread Echemendia created to tell the incredible tale of his journey to America.
A year ago I left Cuba with destination to Guatemala for a training camp. I spent about thirty days in the Olympic Training Center, and that's where I made the decision to open new doors in my life, I left only chasing an ilision. pic.twitter.com/jWsZXEPA0O— Anthony Echemendia (@AnthonyEchemen1) July 21, 2019
Echemendia previously stated that he had intended to join the U.S. Army and attempt to make the USA senior world team a part of the WCAP program, but will now pursue that goal while also attending Iowa State and competing for the Cyclones.