Ahhhh, Big has found his diatribe for the day, and will now focus all his posts around it. Of course if it's true for one Cuban, it's true for all Cubans!
You have to understand in Cuba a great wrestler is a hero that gets respect and a life better than most other citizens have. In Germany a great wrestler is an outcast. Not a great turn of events for an aging Cuban wrestler.
When my high school coach came from Belarus he was only 25 years old. He was a Belarus National champion. He left during Soviet era though and only one wrestler could go to Worlds and Olympics which was Fadzaev.
I used to ask him why he didn't want to keep training in America and competing for Belarus or he was also asked to compete for Australia? He told me it was all about stimulus. In Soviet Union wrestling paid for his life and he had a better life than most Soviet citizens. He said unless he had that in America or Australia it was pointless to him. Hence he became a high school coach and physical education teacher.
Last edited by Big; 03-27-2008 at 02:01 PM.
You have to understand that what is true of one person is not always true of another. Assumptions are never a good idea. Yoel is a Cuban celebrity, so he has already been given many other opportunities and luxuries than your average Cuban. You have no idea how he is going to respond to German life, or if he is living life as an "outcast."
He joined a club only in order to be in any club. He is not allowed to wrestle for it. The club is in the town Hof: http://www.asvhof.de
Sajidov and Saitiev both beat Ketoev before. I don't know exactly how many Russians beat him when he was 19 years old but he wasn't top 4 in Russia at that time.
Oh in 2005 at Yarigin tourney Ketoev placed 3rd, behind Temrezov and Laliev. So, he must have lost to one of them as well.
i think ketoev's loss to romero at world cup and to adam saitiev at yarigin are the most recent, so they probly matter the most.