Discuss Travis Lee at the Freestyle & Greco-Roman Wrestling within the Wrestling Talk Forums; Originally Posted by Big
Japanese, Koreans, and Chinese do have distinctive characterisitcs. The problem is ...
Take the test my friend.
Originally Posted by Big
Originally Posted by Big
I took it and got 4. Ironically I took a few months ago and got 11 (beating my Japanese co-worker who got 9). The pictures haven't changed.
Originally Posted by ODH
This tells me two things:
1) My ability to distinguish Asians has decreased
2) My memory sucks.
Don't you think it is suspicious a North Korean wins Olympics in 1996 in Atlanta and the next year that weight, and only that weight is cut?
I don't really buy into consiracy theories all that much. Other countries had won the weight besides N. Korea (Cuba, Japan, CCCP, South Korea) so I don't think it was done to snub N. Korea per se.
I really don't know the real reasons. All I know is that FILA basically crushed an entire continent with that move. Think of where most of the world's population lies and how many smaller people live there. I just don't understand it.
Wrestling used to be a sport where everyone had a place to go. This is no longer the case.
Many Americans (wrongfully) think it's easy for an adult male to simply gain weight to fill into the new 55 kg class. Now think back to the old weights -- 55 kg is only 2 kgs lighter than the 3rd weight. That's ridiculous.
That's like asking Vougar Oroudjov to gain enough weight so that he can go and compete against Sergei Beloglazov. Good luck!
You have to look deeper though. Soviet Union fell apart in 1991. Communism in general was over as a dominant party there. Only China, North Korea and Cuba remained deeply Communist. China never had any good freestylers. Cuba and North Korea consistently continued to dominate at 48kg. North Korea won gold in 1992 and in 1996. I don't believe any Western Nation ever won Gold at 48kg. Since the West pretty much controls Olympics, 1996 48kg Gold in Atlanta for North Korea triggered the desire to end any kind of Glory for North Korea at Olympics.
Look, maybe it wasn't directly like that but I bet the conservative USA wrestling organization led the way to off the weight claiming it is no longer competitive.
And how can it be competitive if NORTH KOREA won Golds in both 92 and 96?
You have to admit I got a point.
Still not sure I buy it. Cuba does well at other weights as well and are pretty dominant in Greco.
Yes, but USA was successfull at other weights. It is this 48kg weight that was always a problem for USA, especially due to the fact that Communists won it on a regular basis.
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Last edited by Big; 04-07-2007 at 12:25 AM.
I don't think the US has that much power Big. Anyways I believe it was more of an IOC thing than a FILA thing.
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