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Brands made perfect sense to me. He is cranked about the decision, but also knows there will be a fair amount of SMART politiking involved to get it reversed. The basic nature of Olympic negotiations, I guess.
Drop one of the original sports of the Olympics? What's next, the marathon? Then, track and field, maybe. There is a lot to be said about sports tradition that many today could care less about. Maybe speed texting or speed tweeting will become Olympic sports someday.
"Now imagine the wrestling community offering a tour of, well, what? An Alburnett (Iowa) High School dual meet? Actually, that might be pretty cool, except as good as the broasted chicken is down at Mahoney's, it might not meet the discerning palate of that IOC official fat off meals in Monaco."
From Yahoo! Sports: Winning Olympic gold isn't the career accomplishment for professional golfers. That's why the IOC should have never added the sport.
I agree, no doubt about that. I was only pointing out that I think the most anger would come from the countries that I mentioned (population and press) but I also think it will come from everywhere people wrestled. The countries you mentioned no doubt have very upset people that have dedicated much of their time to making their home country proud of itself as well as of them. I'm probably wrong about which countries will be the most upset as my guess was only that, a guess. I also looked over Canada.
i'm beside myself pissed off mad. I was pissed and throwing crap through windows mad when CSF (Fullerton) and Dan Hicks lost their program (along with other cal schools). Now i'm shaking my head at anyone/anything that thinks this is a great idea! Somebody justify this!
But this really could-could be a death sentence for college wrestling as we know it. and there will be little purpose for international wrestling competitions.
This post was edited by bphawkeye 14 months ago
Wrestling owns the Olympics
Well honestly it could be a death sentence OR it could help it as kids can concentrate on college wrestling and getting an education instead of so many great high school kids that are for going college to go straight to the OTC, like McCauley and Hall and a bunch of others. Plus I just see a lot more guys going into MMA now and that also may help college wrestling because so many kids see how important being a good wrestler is. (at least that is the scenario I am hoping for) not to mention this is far from over, with all the support the US is giving not to mention the fact the big time Countries that thrive off of wrestling because they cant afford what it takes to train at a lot of these events haven't stepped forward yet. Russia will be HUGE they have a lot of people that donate a ton of money to freestyle wrestling along with Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and whoever else that stand behind wrestling more than any other sport.
Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
I don't know - i'm pissed is all that i know for now.
i have too much pissed off in me - to even begin to argue against the other "niche" sports without coming off badly.
worth a listen
Jay Mohr Sports Hr 1
A wrestler stands alone on the mat, awaiting his or her opponent. Teammates are on the side of the mat, fans are in the stands, coaches and even cheerleaders cheering the competitor on.
The wrestler on the mat is focused on the performance that is about to happen. He or she needs inner strength — a strength that has been determined by all the preparation done to date. The preparation that was coordinated, instructed, led and influenced by all those people mat side — training partners, coaches, parents, friends, boosters and all of the others that help prepare to make the wrestler ready. He or she stands alone, but they’re not alone. It takes a TEAM to get ready to perform at the highest level.
The executive committee of the International Olympic Committee cast its first vote to drop a world-wide and historic sport — wrestling. In doing so, someone stood alone. No single person, entity or group can do what is needed to move forward. It will take teamwork with many individuals, including people and organizations, working together for maximum gain.
In the United States, we have some examples that show how good teamwork creates results. The addition of 80-plus college wrestling programs to a once dwindling number is just one. High school wrestling has added more than 40,000 individual competitors in recent years. Women’s wrestling is the fastest growing sport percentage-wise in the last few years — from 200 individuals to nearly 7,000. These numbers came together because of teamwork.
Freedom across the world is a result of many individuals working together and forming teams that then work together. Many of those who have paid the ultimate price for freedom have come through the wrestling ranks. We need to honor them and win this decision to have wrestling — the world’s oldest sport — remain a part of the most prestigious athletic completion in the world, the Olympics.
Wrestling organizations like FILA must work together with the executives on the IOC to help make important information available. It takes a team — yet we apparently are standing alone, thinking we are strong. We, as a wrestling community, better remember it is more than one individual that makes a winner. I never won anything by myself.
I was always strong because of help that gave me extra strength to win.
If we don’t stop standing alone, I mean really alone, we will be alone with no one to wrestle.
Good article from a non wrestling fan
US Wrestling Olympic Trials, April 21, 2012 in Iowa City, Iowa. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife) Even in a post-Lance world, word today that the International Olympic Committee had decided today to cut wrestling from the 2020 games came across as a craven stunner. And I wont be surprised when [...]
Great article from Forbes (not the one Brad listed) on why wrestling helps everybody's bottom line.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) sent a clear message to the world In a shocking move, the executive board of the Olympic Committee announced that they had voted to eliminate wrestling from a core [...]
If there is already this much public outrage just hours after this announcement, I'd honestly be surprised if something doesn't change between now and 2020.
Ya and that is just in the United States, can you imagine the outcry from the insane countries that live on wrestling.
Very true. The IOC will get a ton of awful publicity from all around the world for the next seven years if they don't change their mind.
Japan is involved now as well, i mean for as big as wrestling is here, In Russia, Turkey, Iraq and Iran and all the other middle Eastern countries where they have nothing else to do but wrestle it is way more popular and those dudes are nuts, hell I am shocked there hasn't been any suicide bombings yet or threats at least
You say crazy. I say incredible amount of emotion and passion.
Exactly and he wears it on his sleeve, I love his passion even though it comes across as incoherent rambling at times, BUT that is when his best quotes come flying out.
I listened to Dan Gable yesterday on CBS Sports Radio and he is exactly the same way. At times it sounds like he's rambling incoherent thoughts, but it is really just his passion and drive and flat-out love for the competition.
Sounds like Russia is very pist of about this & Putin is leading a charge. I say us & Russia start our own Olympics & maybe get rid of 13 lame sports
Get the USA, Russia, Germany, Canada, China, Japan, and a few other European countries to get together and have their own Olympics. That is pretty much the only people that get more than 10 Medals anyways. Screw the IOC.
Japan might host the 2020 Olympics. In 2012 they sent 13, and got 6 medals - 4 gold. I think they are not happy either.
Counter attacks starting to come together.
Japan Wrestling Federation President Tomiaki Fukuda on Wednesday called into question the International Olympic Committee's decision to drop wrestling from the 2020 Games, saying the sport's governing body has failed ...
yep - wait until the 2016 Olympics start. The wrestling arena will be packed. But - the worst (best) part is the entire Olympics will be dedicated to the dumbass decision that was made by 15 idiots. Believe me! This will be the ugliest of times for those people if it goes to that.
I think NBC owns the rights to the Olympics for that one (i could be wrong). So - if this goes down to it, and money does talk, and bull sht walks - NBC can dictate something that would endear them to the world. I think the ball is in NBCs court (or is it an ace in the hand).
You make a great point about the 2016 Olympics. Part of me thinks Brad's theory could be true, at least to a certain extent. Maybe they're just trying to light the fire and build a ton of excitement for the 2016 Olympics, and even more so if/when they reinstate wrestling in the 2020 Olympics.
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