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    Had I not gotten a pm from Gofer I would have as well.

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    Naim S?leymanoğlu
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    Naim S?leymanoğlu
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    Gold 1988 Seoul Featherweight
    Gold 1992 Barcelona Featherweight
    Gold 1996 Atlanta Featherweight
    Naim S?leymanoğlu (born January 23, 1967 in Ptichar, Bulgaria), formerly known as Naim Suleimanov (Bulgarian: Наим Сюлейманов), is a Bulgarian/Turkish World and Olympic Champion in weightlifting. He won three Olympic Championships, seven World Championships and six European Championships and earned 46 world records.

    Born in Bulgaria of Turkish descent, he was nicknamed "The Pocket Hercules" due to his small stature (4'11" (150 cm)). He is the second of only seven lifters to clean and jerk three times their bodyweight. Suleimanov set his first world record at the age 16 but missed his first chance at Olympic success in 1984 when Bulgaria joined the Soviet boycott of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

    Soon afterwards the Communist regime in Bulgaria forced its Turkish minority to adopt Bulgarian names and he became known internationally as Naum Shalamanov (Наум Шаламанов). While on a trip to the World Cup Final in Melbourne in 1986, Suleimanov defected. He resurfaced in Turkey and applied for citizenship. He also changed his name from the Bulgarian Suleimanov/Shalamanov to the Turkish S?leymanoğlu. After the fall of Communism in Bulgaria, his family was able to join him in Turkey.

    A battle over which country he would represent in the 1988 Seoul Olympics arose. The Bulgarian government demanded and received $1,000,000 from Turkey to allow him to compete for Turkey. S?leymanoğlu did not disappoint, winning the featherweight gold medal. He retired at the age of 22, after winning the world championship in 1989. However, the allure of competition was too strong and he returned in 1991 before winning a second Olympic gold medal at Barcelona in 1992. Between the Olympiads, S?leymanoğlu continued to win world titles and set records.

    The 1996 Olympic Games were to be his swansong and he retired after winning a third consecutive Olympic gold medal in Atlanta at the 1996 Olympic Games.

    S?leymanoğlu made another comeback in a late attempt to earn a fourth gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney but failed to lift 145 kg, which would have been a World record, and was eliminated from the competition. He was awarded the Olympic Order in 2001.

    At the 1999 general elections, he stood as an independent candidate to represent Bursa at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. In 2002 he was the candidate of the Nationalist Movement Party for the mayor of Kıra? municipality in B?y?k?ekmece district of Istanbul Province and represented the same party in general elections in 2006. He was unsuccessful in all these attempts.


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    Biography from the Olympiads official page

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    Quote Originally Posted by quick_single View Post
    See you guys should've just stuck with what I said on the first page and it would've avoided all this crap: It's rare because it's a contact sport.

    In 2000, in Judo a 19 year old Georgian representing Greece won gold, Rhonda Roussey made the US 2000 Olympic Team at age 17.

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    Gofer, read and wheep:

    Cameras will focus particularly on swimmer Amanda Beard, who has posed for Maxim and admits that she enjoys European beaches where she can go topless. She isn?t the first woman to get publicity for taking her clothes off for a men?s magazine, but what shows how far women have come in sports is that no one is making a big deal about it.

    The American explosion in women?s sports dates back just more than 30 years and the passage of Title IX, the law that mandates equal sports opportunities. For most of the time since then, feminists and run-of-the-mill curmudgeon columnists would erupt in righteous indignation whenever a female athlete made the mistake of showing off her body, thus raising the possibility -- if you can believe it -- that young people who are extremely fit and strong and athletic might also be considered to be sexy.

    The intellectuals felt that people shouldn?t watch women?s sports because they liked looking at women, but because of women?s athletic ability. This utterly ignored the reality that since forever women have been watching men?s sports because they think young, athletic men are sexy. Ask any female football fan what she likes about the game and, if she?s honest, sooner or later she?ll admit one of the attractions tight pants on tight heinies.

    But as recently as four years ago in Sydney, feminists fulminated over the Australian women?s basketball team, which took the court in skin-tight unitards. The Aussie women were offended by the criticism, feeling rather proud of the way they looked.

    Today, few outside of those who make a living peddling their self-proclaimed moral superiority are even vaguely disturbed by Beard and other women who pose in less than the regulation team uniform.

    It?s not a sign of the moral disintegration of America -- and the rest of the world. Rather, it?s proof that women athletes are no longer curiosities and somehow inferior to males. With that goes the recognition that athletes are sexy, and there?s nothing at all wrong with that. If women can lust after Derek Jeter, why can?t guys lust after Amanda Beard?

    http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/5683506/
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    Quote Originally Posted by quick_single View Post
    See you guys should've just stuck with what I said on the first page and it would've avoided all this crap: It's rare because it's a contact sport.
    Still not a contact sport in my opinion.

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    Ok then what is it?

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    Its just wrestling...thats why its so unique.
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