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Do you LIKE the Olympics?

2014 Winter Olympics LogoLess than a year from now, the 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia. I am definitely a fan of the Olympics – summer and winter. I’m not a fan of the time difference and watching everything taped as opposed to live. I think the winter games are a lot more entertaining than the summer. Maybe its the bobsledding, or the luge, or skiing. Don’t get me wrong, I did LIKE watching Phelps go insane and win gold after gold in 2008 and again in 2012, but it seems like the winter Olympics are a lot more action packed (e.g. The Miracle on Ice). Maybe it was the movie “Cool Runnings” with John Candy that got me into watching the winter games. Whatever the reason, I’m looking forward to them a year from now. What I’m not looking forward to are the summer games in 2020 in Argentina if there isn’t wrestling. That was the one event during the summer games I looked forward to watching. It’s not the WWE, which I also like, it is simply the best Olympic individual event ever in the history of the games. After hearing the news a couple weeks ago that wrestling will need to be petitioned to the IOC in the fall, I thought “Who is making that bonehead decision?” Wrestling dates back hundreds and hundreds of years. I will always remember the 2000 summer games when Rulon Gardner defeated the Russian, who many said can never be defeated, Aleksandr Karelin in the Greco-Roman super heavyweight gold medal match. The Russian won three consecutive gold medals and seven world championships without giving up a single point! And yet, a guy from Wyoming who never won a collegiate title beat him. That’s wrestling! That’s an underdog story!¬†Who doesn’t LIKE that?