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#1991976 - 06/07/15 11:29 AM Re: ♥ Wrestling ♥ [Re: Maximus]
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Cary Kolat

Someone asked Cary Kolat “How did you push yourself and achieve what you did, what was the one thing you did that set you apart?” Kolat responed, “There are many things that contribute to my success as a wrestler, but when I really thought about it I did something everyday that I believe is the one major contributing factor to my success in the sport! I had to go there every day in my mind”. When I was seven years old, I said I wanted to win the Olympics and when I was ten I began to train for it. There was not a day in my life all the way up to the 2000 Sydney Games that I did not think about winning a gold medal. Honestly, I think at the very least 5 minutes a day was dedicated to making this happen in my mind, so from ten years old until the Olympic Games I had over 31,000 minutes of my life spent visualizing winning that event by the time I finally got there and that is a conservative estimate. We hear all the time you have to visualize it and see it in your mind if you are going to make it happen. I never did anything in the sport that did not involve me running through situations in my head that involve the Olympic finals. Point to the above paragraph is this, and I try to put this in the mind of the kids that I coach. If you and I were in practice wrestling situations and I had lets say the offensive position on a high crotch and the coach yells out, “man with the high crotch is losing by 1 with 15 seconds left.” Now, when he blows that whistle I’m wrestling in the Olympic finals in my mind and I really believed it. To many of my partners over the years they were training, and training hard, but mentally and physically I was training in a different place than them during practice sessions. They were in a high school wrestling room and I was on a platform in front of thousands of American fans waiving our flag. Would you simply be defending my attempt to score or would you be wrestling somewhere in your mind? That was the difference between me and my competition in the practice room and on the mat. So, and like your statement, all humility aside I expected to win 4 state titles, I expected to win 4 NCAA titles, and I expected at some point be the best in world. I did not accomplish all my wrestling goals but I would have to say that what I did accomplish was because of the way I approached my training. When I trained I expected to win every takedown, scramble, situation, etc. because I was wrestling mentally in the Olympic finals and I had a higher training standard for myself than most of my training partners. Every good wrestler works hard and pays the price and every great wrestler is a little crazy in aspects of training. The guys I wrestled with on the Olympic team were mainly a little crazy, obsessive, compulsive, and tolerated nothing less than winning. If you tolerate losing one takedown in practice then in time you will slip when it counts. When I was wrestling I heard coaches and sport psychologists always talk about visualization. Truthfully, they bored me most times because I never gave it much credit but apparently I was always doing this in the practice room, during bike workouts, during matches, etc. I was always training in my mind and in my every day life.

My wife, Erin, always thought I was a little crazy with the way I did things until she really got to know me. When we would come to my apartment steps in college I would walk up them backwards. If you have never tried to walk up steps backwards give it a shot. I did this because I thought walking up normally was easy but backwards it increased my leg strength and gave me a different awareness. And I thought that a new awareness might be the small detail that saved me some day at the Olympics. When I would pump gas into my car on a cold day Erin would say, “use the switch to hold the pump in place and get back in the car until it is finished.” I wouldn’t do it because I would stand there squeezing the pump handle working on my grip and I might need that grip in the coming games. If I could avoid an elevator or escalator, I’d choose the stairs every time. . I never looked for the parking space closest to the store, I parked in the furthest spot possible. My point is I made the simple tasks in life as difficult as I could so I would have no guilt about being lazy. I tried to do those little things that my opponents would overlook which mentally made me feel tougher, better prepared and in my mind more deserving. I did things like this all my life because I was training for it every day until I got there. This might seem really strange to some people but not strange to the .005% that actually wrestle in the Olympics. Everybody has their way of doing things and my way might not be the answer for everyone or the answer you were looking for to the forum question, but I do believe it is what allowed me to accomplish what I did accomplish. When I was on my first World Team, Lincoln McIlravy and I were talking and I remember him telling me he worked out once a day sometimes twice a day and that made no sense to me because I worked out three times a day, how does he do it? The answer was Lincoln’s mind was in a different place than where I was during those days. I needed to punish myself with three workouts a day to have my mind ready going into events. Many of my training partners could not keep up with what I did and they were on the Olympic ladder themselves so when I saw them quit I drew more energy from that and mentally got better each workout. McIlravy at that time already was married with two kids (he had them in college) so he was more mature than me because he had priorities to his family and it gave him a balance that he needed. He only had enough time in the day for one workout because he had responsibilities that did not allow him to train like I did. Lincoln had to get everything he could out of one workout and mentally leave that practice feeling confident. Your approach mentally is the biggest part of your success in the sport along with the workload you put in. I won multiple medals on the world level punishing myself two to three times a day and Lincoln did the same with one workout a day. My mind needed different things to get there than his did, but we both mentally got there in our own way. Our mental approach to training was the edge over everyone else, and I went to the Olympics everyday mentally!
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#2024063 - 11/28/17 09:42 AM Re: ♥ Wrestling ♥ [Re: Maximus]
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#2024065 - 11/28/17 09:54 AM Re: ♥ Wrestling ♥ [Re: Maximus]
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#2024073 - 11/28/17 12:22 PM Re: ♥ Wrestling ♥ [Re: Maximus]
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Wilt Chamberlain

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Genesis 32:22-32
New International Version (NIV)
Jacob Wrestles With God

22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. 24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”

But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

27 The man asked him, “What is your name?”

“Jacob,” he answered.

28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel,[a] because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”

29 Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.”

But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there.

30 So Jacob called the place Peniel,[b] saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”

31 The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel,[c] and he was limping because of his hip. 32 Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip, because the socket of Jacob’s hip was touched near the tendon.
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#2024478 - 12/06/17 09:33 AM Re: ♥ Wrestling ♥ [Re: Maximus]
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Wilt Chamberlain

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Team USA female wrestler Helen Maroulis at the 2017 USOC Team USA Awards.
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#2024479 - 12/06/17 09:33 AM Re: ♥ Wrestling ♥ [Re: Maximus]
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#2024480 - 12/06/17 09:34 AM Re: ♥ Wrestling ♥ [Re: Maximus]
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#2024481 - 12/06/17 09:36 AM Re: ♥ Wrestling ♥ [Re: Maximus]
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#2024482 - 12/06/17 09:38 AM Re: ♥ Wrestling ♥ [Re: Maximus]
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Adeline Gray and Helen Maroulis

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#2024485 - 12/06/17 09:54 AM Re: ♥ Wrestling ♥ [Re: Maximus]
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She's also hotter than Ronda Rousey and has zero emotional baggage.

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#2024486 - 12/06/17 10:06 AM Re: ♥ Wrestling ♥ [Re: Maximus]
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Wilt Chamberlain

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At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Helen Maroulis became the first ever American to win a gold medal in women's freestyle wrestling at the Olympic Games.

Why Girls Should Wrestle

I strongly believe all girls should wrestle, or at the very least give wrestling a try. I know what the sport did for me mentally, physically, and emotionally and I believe every girl can benefit from such experiences the sport gives you. However, I believe the biggest battle is not convincing girls why they should wrestle, but more so getting their parents on board. Almost all of my research papers in University were about women in sport or the Olympic movement. I've always been passionate about these topics. One semester I took class on marketing for social change. I chose to study girls in sports and the impact of role models.

Research taught me that from about 8-11 years old, a girl's main role model will be her parents. From 12-18 years of age it is generally her peers. With that said, for a girl to start wrestling it would be great for her mom and dad to support this. While I internally want to beg every mother and father to let their daughter experience wrestling, I understand there are still some arguments to be made. Yes, wrestling isn't a girls state-sanctioned sport in every state yet, but we're getting there. Yes, it's not offered in NCAA Division 1 Universities (yet), but there are still many University scholarships available and the opportunity to travel the world wrestling for Team USA (which is not an unrealistic dream for womens wrestling since much of the competition is abroad). Before you write off wrestling for your daughter please consider it again from the perspective of the benefits it can give your child in the form of mental, emotional and physical development and fortitude. My mom was once one of those parents who needed convincing. My deep love for the sport and the changes she could see it caused within me were the reasons she let me continue. So here is her reason why girls should wrestle.

"When Helen asked me to write about why girls should wrestle from a mother's perspective, I ultimately decided that I should write about why shouldn't girls wrestle?

Wrestling instills such tremendous qualities: self-discipline, self-control, confidence, perseverance, the willingness to work hard and sacrifice for what you want, and these are qualities we want all of our children to have. Wrestling gave my sons these qualities; why wouldn't I want my daughter to reap the same benefits? I was one of those parents who thought that my daughter might get hurt or that someone might be unkind because she was a girl wrestling in a primarily male sport. She didn't, and any obstacles in her way only made her that much more determined. Other parents might believe that perhaps girls shouldn't wrestle because they may not be strong or aggressive enough to compete. That is actually the opposite of what wrestling is all about; you don't have to be the strongest or the most aggressive person on the mat to win; sound fundamentals and technique will always prevail. Think of it as a chess game you're playing with your body. You don't have to be the most talented, or the fastest, or the most powerful. I can't imagine another sport that would have given my daughter so much confidence and mental toughness, and I believe that these are qualities we want all girls to develop."

After my first year of wrestling, my parents actually came to me and told me I had to quit because they didn't want me to get attached to a sport that would have no opportunities for me in the long run. Two months later in 2000, the IOC announced women's wrestling would be added to the summer Olympic Games in four years. My mom and dad came back to me and told I could continue since I now had a chance at a future in the sport. Had I never even made an Olympic team, neither of us would have regretted the decision to wrestle because of how much it helped mold me into a strong person. I understand firsthand that in many ways parents have the final say in what sport their child may participate in. Maybe, like my mom, you've never wrestled before, and don't understand fully how beneficial it can be for your daughter. I pray that also like my mom, you will give your daughters a chance to do the sport they love and watch how it helps shape them into a strong woman.

Helen

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#2025004 - Yesterday at 03:12 PM Re: ♥ Wrestling ♥ [Re: Maximus]
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Wilt Chamberlain

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Natalie Fratto, Bill Ackman, Dick Cashin and Jesse Jantzen, former Harvard NCAA Wrestling Champion

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#2025006 - Yesterday at 03:18 PM Re: ♥ Wrestling ♥ [Re: Maximus]
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