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    Default Narrowing the gap, mission unaccomplished

    It is becoming increasingly clear how ineffective an American freestyle program and methods of coaching have become:

    Members of the 2007 U.S. World Team will try to narrow the gap with the Russians when they compete in the CSKA Freestyle Open Team Cup dual matches on Dec. 1 in Moscow, Russia.


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    Do you think it's the program, the coaches, or the talent? I don't think our best are staying in wrestling. Lack of money, we have to give these kids a reasonable amount of money to make it viable for them to make a decent living from wrestling. I admire guy's who have a dream, and want to pursue it. But a lot of these guy's just don't have the skills to be in the top three. If you don't have the natural ability, all the heart and determination isn't going to make you a consistent winner on the world level.

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    I consider lack of finances as a program problem. It is up to USA wrestling to treat its athletes as human beings that live in the richest country in the world.

    Also, coaching is clearly a problem since we see how much better the Greco team has become since foreign coaches joined the program.

    Our athletes can't afford to go train with each other as much as they can because of other commitments. With more money they would be able to give up coaching or other jobs they have and travel more often to competitions and training with each other.

    They should give money prizes at every American freestyle event to top 3 Americans and also to top 8 at US Nationals. And you know $1K or $2K will not cut it. It should be like $10K at least for first place and maybe $7K and $5K for 2nd and 3rd. At US Nationals it should be $80K for 1st, $70K for 2nd, $60K for 3rd and so on until $10K for 8th. Maybe then a wrestler can go to 4 or 5 tourneys and earn $40K-$100K to feel somewhat comfortable during training.

    Then, you got to give $50K at least for a World medal and $200K for an Olympic medal with $100K for World Gold anf $400K for Olympic Gold so that people can see why they are doing it besides the glory.
    Last edited by Big; 12-02-2007 at 09:26 AM.

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