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    Default Does Cael up the intrest level?

    With Cael Sanderson coming out of retirement, making the World team rather easily and his gunning for Gold again... has this upped the interest level in Freestyle wrestling for any other than those already fans?

    It is a good story that should be getting more play in media but I am not seeing anything. We who are fans, from committed to casual - are familiar with him from college to Olympic Gold. The average sports fan has little knowledge.

    If Cael wins a world title and stays on track trying for another Olympic appearance can we expect more stories of his quest?

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    I admit it ups my interest. I have just been getting into freestyle this summer and with all of the Russian and Iranian names, it gets frustrating b/c I don't even know how to pronounce them. Cael at least lets me root for a guy who I know of and at least has a shot at gold. Not sure if it will up the interest in the media or the rest of America unless he does win gold, though. ESPN will show highlights for a day but that will probably be it.

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    My interest level was unwaveringly high for mens freestyle, but for the casual fan this obviously raises the interest level.
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    Default Re: Does Cael up the intrest level?

    I would 2nd Vais comment plus I would say that the Fantasy League JensenS has set up has really peaked my interest in GR which I really didn't follow as well as women's wrestling.

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    It hasn't really affected my interest level that much, I've been following super close over the last three years already.
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    It didn't for me either. To be honest I started to pay attention to Freestyle and Greco last year. I hope that it will bring more people into the sport though. I know of several people that are kind of paying attention because Cael is involved and give the U.S. A. a shot at a medal.
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    It should be brining more atttention to the sport, but I have not seen any main stream pick up on this story.
    Personally I always follow the world and am very excited that this year we finally have one wrestler who has been there and done that.
    Cael may not be considered a favorite but no one who has watched his career will be surprised at all with a another gold.

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    Had his parents been illegal immigrants he would be a superstar by now

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    Quote Originally Posted by ODH View Post
    It should be brining more atttention to the sport, but I have not seen any main stream pick up on this story.
    How much main stream coverage of the World Championships has there been period? Have you not noticed we don't exactly treat the Worlds the same as the Olympics?

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    Had his parents been illegal immigrants he would be a superstar by now
    Kind of a cheap shot. Again he got plenty of coverage when he won OLYMPICS in 04 and when he won his 4 titles. If he wins another gold I'm sure it will be a plenty big story.
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