Wrestling With The International Olympic Commission

Preserving An Ancient Sport

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Wrestling With The International Olympic Commission
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They called Alexandr Karelin The Experiment, a reference to his supposedly unprecedented training methods, which the Russian wrestler himself claimed were so grueling and relentless that nobody else could imagine them: "I train every day of my life as they have never trained a day in theirs."

In international Graeco Roman wrestling competition, Karelin went 13 years without a loss and, this is more astonishing, six years without giving up a point.
This was exactly where things stood in the 2000 Olympics when Karelin faced a roly-poly Wyoming farm boy named Rulon Gardner and lost. Gardner went on to have a bizarre and colorful life, losing a toe to frostbite after a snowmobile disaster, gaining hundreds of pounds, going on "The Biggest Loser," declaring bankruptcy.
But that one tussle in Sydney is a great example of why the Olympics should not drop wrestling.
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Brian writes:

Nothing against the sport, but badmition is still an olympic sport, seriously??? And I'm pretty sure it wasn't at the first olympics!

Joyce from Cromwell writes:

You asked for the Greek Goddess of BMX. Of the actual goddesses, this is the closest I could find whose meaning represented some characteristics of the sport.

Primeval Goddess of air, Chaos is believed to be one of the first beings to exist in the universe. Chaos is not really depicted as having a personality or physical form.[1] Chaos is the lower atmosphere which surrounded the earth. Her name Khaos means the gap, or the space between heaven and Earth.[2] Mother or Grandmother of Nyx (night), Erebus (Darkness), Aither (Light), and Hemera (day).

I would love to have created a Greek-sounding name that included something about sport and cycling, but there are time constraints of your show.

Perhaps, Cyclopedius … ?