Friday, August 6, 2021

More History is Made at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games!


Tamyra Mensah-Stock
2021 Olympic Gold Medalist

Holy cow what a rewarding tournament the 2021 Olympics have been thus far!  Our wrestlers performing with the utmost heart and tenacity! Earning medals left and right! This has been such an exciting and fun Olympic Games! Great things have happened at every Olympics but there's something special about this one. Most certainly something historic about it. 

Tamyra Mensah-Stock becomes the United States' first black female to win a Gold medal!  What an amazing moment for the sport of wrestling.  For women. For young female wrestlers.  To witness this history makes one feel extremely fortunate. 

Another piece of history made at the 2021 Olympic Games is this....

86 Kg & 74 Kg, both weights having two Collegiate stars share the Award Stand 

In the entire history of the Olympics, I believe this marks the first time where two weight classes have two former collegiate stars sharing the award stand. 

It's happened in the past where one weight class did.  In 1968 Yojiro Uetake representing Japan, a star on the Oklahoma State wrestling team won Gold, while Michigan State star Don Behm took the Silver. 

This Olympic cycle it happened twice. 

At 74 kg  Kyle Dake of the United States who won four NCAA titles for Cornell took one Bronze medal, while the Other Bronze Medal was one by Uzbekistan's Bekzod Abdurakhmonov, an All American at Clarion.  

At 84 kg, Penn State NCAA champion David Taylor with the Gold as Michigan's 4x AA Myles Amine took home the Bronze. 

A little piece of history for our great sport! 

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