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US wrestlers blindsided
by Olympic ouster

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 2/12/2013 5:08:55 PM

Rulon Gardner´s epic upset of Russian wrestling great Alexander Karelin in 2000 remains one of the most compelling moments of the modern Olympics. Starting in 2020, youngsters looking to Gardner and Karelin for inspiration won´t have a chance to excel on the sport´s biggest stage. Gardner and nearly everyone else associated with the sport in the U.S. were jolted Tuesday when International Olympic Committee leaders dropped wrestling from the Summer Games. The move is set to take effect for the 2020 Olympics and eliminates a sport that´s been a staple of both the ancient and modern games.

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Unbelievable. Wrestling was a staple of the Olympic games. They dropped it like a cold potato.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: killerbee, 2/12/2013 5:13:29 PM     (No. 9172775)

This is so wrong. I think the Olympics should be dropped. The committee is unbelievably corrupt. There are other opportunities for worldwide competition that don´t feed that criminal beast.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino, 2/12/2013 5:19:13 PM     (No. 9172788)

But look at the bright side - - girl´s team banner-dancing will be greatly expanded.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Az Roadrunner, 2/12/2013 5:21:23 PM     (No. 9172792)

I´ll bet the Committee won´t drop that historical, high skill event known as synchronized swimming...(gag) What a travesty.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: avikingman, 2/12/2013 5:23:34 PM     (No. 9172798)

The wussification continues...
Liberals, anything they touch turns to mud.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: horacer, 2/12/2013 5:24:52 PM     (No. 9172803)

The medal stand is often dominated by athletes who aren´t nearly as marketable as gymnasts and swimmers.

I´m shocked.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: King of all trolls, 2/12/2013 5:36:54 PM     (No. 9172828)

Next they will cancel the biathlon because it encourages gun violence.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: droopydog, 2/12/2013 5:46:03 PM     (No. 9172844)

Outrageous!

They are going to add golf. I guess we don´t get enough golf.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/12/2013 5:49:21 PM     (No. 9172849)

I just hate this. I very much enjoyed the wrestling.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: MsMontana, 2/12/2013 5:51:43 PM     (No. 9172852)

I just can´t beleive wrestling is out.

We are a wrestling family. My son wrestled, my daughters were wrestling managers, my oldest daughter married a man who was a wrestler in high school and her father in law was the high school wrestling coach. I´ve spent many hours knitting in the bleachers between matches, cheering on my son and his teammates and the wrestlers after him that my daughters maintained the stats for.

I am not really a sports fan, but wrestling is defintiely my favorite gig and I am just floored that this sport was deemed too whatever to not be Olympic competitive.

Yet competitive trampoline remains...


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Reply 10 - Posted by: JimS, 2/12/2013 5:57:06 PM     (No. 9172860)

What´ll they replace wrestling with?
Community Organizing?
Victimology?
How about decapitating and IED=making? Should be a big sport in Mid East.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: butch, 2/12/2013 6:08:28 PM     (No. 9172882)

Perhaps the IOC sees a compelling need to drop the ancient and manly art of wrestling to make room for the latest sports craze: Synchronized Shopping.

Dolts.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: ranger06, 2/12/2013 6:11:03 PM     (No. 9172887)

This is just wrong.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: mauiaggie, 2/12/2013 6:11:45 PM     (No. 9172888)

How strange, wrestling is one of the few sports that the Turks, Iraqis and others in the ME have success in, not so much in B-Ball or Track. What are they replacing it with, Squash I heard...Get out of the Olympics, the UN and every other "Progressive" organization that exists..We must Man Up.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Johnny Angle, 2/12/2013 6:11:54 PM     (No. 9172890)

The ancient Greeks are screaming from Olympus.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: EnsignO´Toole, 2/12/2013 6:22:37 PM     (No. 9172910)

Such a shame - these jack arses have no understanding of history, tradition, excellence, let alone real sports.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 2/12/2013 6:25:44 PM     (No. 9172917)

Suggest every interested/upset individual send an e-mail or letter or contact to the IOC. I already did, e-mail on their website. Maybe a
1/2 million or more protests will get their
attention. Note I have no interest other than as a spectator. and I do not watch the "made-up" sports.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 2/12/2013 6:29:36 PM     (No. 9172924)

... but synchronized swimming and diving stays?

What a bunch of wussies the world´s males have become.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: killerbee, 2/12/2013 6:35:33 PM     (No. 9172933)

How about a WH petition to bail on the Olympics?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: bkt23, 2/12/2013 6:43:45 PM     (No. 9172952)

The Olympics, like the Nobel Committee, used to be a worthy goal.

Not anymore. I didn´t watch the last Winter Olympics and I won´t watch the upcoming Summer Olympics. The games have no meaning to me anymore.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 2/12/2013 6:53:17 PM     (No. 9172975)

Wrestling has been a part of the Olympics since it´s inception in ancient times. The influence of the media money over sport content is appalling. Olympic wrestling is not an obscure sport, except to the elites.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: anonymous, 2/12/2013 6:57:40 PM     (No. 9172986)

And yet they allow beach volleyball? Something is truly wrong at the Olympics Committee.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: earlybird, 2/12/2013 6:58:37 PM     (No. 9172990)

This is said to make room for another new sport to be added. What on earth would that be? Golf?

Wrestling is one of the oldest sports in the Modern Olympics.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Jubilationtcornpone, 2/12/2013 7:15:48 PM     (No. 9173021)

As a proud Oklahoma State alum (whose wrestling coach is a gold medal champion), I about fell out of my chair when I heard this news. Wrestling dates back to the original Olympics, its the premier individual sport IMHO. Apparently politics had a lot to do with this decision, not any regard history or tradition.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: SouthSanAntonio, 2/12/2013 7:20:02 PM     (No. 9173026)

First they added the ´´dream team´´ so that a bunch of rich professional NBA basketball players could get gold medals at the Olympics.

Then they added tennis, so that that professional tennis players like Venus and Serena Willams could get gold medals at the Olympics (to go with theeir Wimbleton trophies).

Now they are adding golf. I guess Tiger Woods wants a gold medal at the Olympics now.

What a freakin´ joke!!!!!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: LWGII, 2/12/2013 7:24:42 PM     (No. 9173034)

It will be replaced with Pole Dancing. I´m saving up single dollar bills as I write...

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Japanorama, 2/12/2013 8:47:36 PM     (No. 9173167)

It will be replaced by synchronized goose-stepping.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Grant Hodges, 2/12/2013 8:48:52 PM     (No. 9173168)

I remember as a high school wrestler and college wrestler dreaming of qualifying for the Olympic trials. I didn´t even care if I got to go to the Olympics. It would have been enough to just get invited to try out (This dream ended the day I wrestled a real Olympic contender. ).

We must admit that wrestling isn´t so great to watch unless you know the wrestlers involved. Then its awesome. But if its strangers...its...uh...meh. But I figure that the manliness of the sport killed it.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: velox, 2/12/2013 10:31:40 PM     (No. 9173303)

This makes as much sense as Obama winning the Nobel Peace prize.
I was a diver in HS and absolutely think synchronized diving is the most contrived sport ever. Not that it does not take skill,
but until the inclusion in the Olympics I had never even heard about it.
Swimming has so many different events its crazy. We have ping pong, gold, tennis, rhythmic gymnastics, beach volleyball, but now they are going to take out one of the oldest events and one the original Olympics was based on.
Stupid, stupid, stupid!

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