Wrestling With The International Olympic Commission

Preserving An Ancient Sport

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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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Comments

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:

Colin,
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.

Chaos:
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 … ?