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    Maybe I'm thinking too much about this, but I can't help it. I saw today on ESPN that you could vote for something and one of the choices was Anthony Robles "the one-legged wrestler".

    I tried putting myself in his shoes and I would think that once I won the National Championship I may start thinking that I would finally be looked at as an equal. I know that his story is shining a positive light on wrestling and that's cool. I'm just wondering if well intentioned people (like ESPN) are making him think "Damn! When will they just see me as a National Champ and not a one-legged National Champ!"

    I heard him say that he wanted to be a motivational speaker. I would bet that he would be focusing on overcoming obstacles, not necessarily being one-legged. He and Cejudo would probably make a good speaking tour.

    I am just wondering if these guys get frustrated by the label of "son of an illegal immigrant" and "one-legged wrestler". Anybody else think Robles may be a bit frustrated by that?

    I just noticed that I put this in nonwrestling talk. If it needs moved, my bad. Maybe the politcs thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quinn14 View Post
    Maybe I'm thinking too much about this, but I can't help it. I saw today on ESPN that you could vote for something and one of the choices was Anthony Robles "the one-legged wrestler".

    I tried putting myself in his shoes and I would think that once I won the National Championship I may start thinking that I would finally be looked at as an equal. I know that his story is shining a positive light on wrestling and that's cool. I'm just wondering if well intentioned people (like ESPN) are making him think "Damn! When will they just see me as a National Champ and not a one-legged National Champ!"

    I heard him say that he wanted to be a motivational speaker. I would bet that he would be focusing on overcoming obstacles, not necessarily being one-legged. He and Cejudo would probably make a good speaking tour.

    I am just wondering if these guys get frustrated by the label of "son of an illegal immigrant" and "one-legged wrestler". Anybody else think Robles may be a bit frustrated by that?

    I just noticed that I put this in nonwrestling talk. If it needs moved, my bad. Maybe the politcs thread?
    I see your point Quinn (I always hate being referred to as the incredibly good looking dentist), but isn't his one-leggedness what sets him apart from all other champions and perhaps uniquely qualifies him to be a motivational speaker? A motivational speaker/role model is that much more effective when he or she has overcome obstacles to achieve a goal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spider View Post
    I see your point Quinn (I always hate being referred to as the incredibly good looking dentist), but isn't his one-leggedness what sets him apart from all other champions and perhaps uniquely qualifies him to be a motivational speaker? A motivational speaker/role model is that much more effective when he or she has overcome obstacles to achieve a goal.
    I agree that it does make him uniquely qualified to be a motivational speaker. And I hope he does have a successful career doing so. I'm just wondering, (as if I was in his head), does he ever wish people would drop the "one-legged" tag? It definitely helps his career as a speaker, but what about him as a person?

    I don't know. I was just wondering if he would rather be thought of as the guy who went undefeated, beat the defending national champ and was only a few tilts away from having one gazillion tech falls in a season. Or, would he rather be thought of as the "one-legged wrestler".

    Personally, I would think he spent his whole life trying to be accepted as an equal and not a handicapped person. When he finally does it, they still focus on his handicap and not his skills as a wrestler. I know in the wrestling community that people don't do that and some even claim he had an advantage, but the world is bigger than the wrestling community. Does anyone know what his degree is in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quinn14 View Post
    I don't know. I was just wondering if he would rather be thought of as the guy who went undefeated, beat the defending national champ and was only a few tilts away from having one gazillion tech falls in a season. Or, would he rather be thought of as the "one-legged wrestler".
    As a person out in the world, he will be seen as just another individual, especially if he gets a prosthetic leg and looks like anyone else. When his wrestling career comes up, though, those of us in the wrestling community will probably always think of him as the one-legged wrestler who went undefeated, beat the defending national champ and was only a few tilts away from having one gazillion tech falls in a season, and everyone else will remember him as that one-legged wrestler who beat all the two-legged guys.
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