Posted by TNA Wrestling News Staff on Feb 16, 2013
Kurt Angle Comments On Wrestling In The Olympics

Kurt Angle Comments On Wrestling In The Olympics

— In an interview with Bang! Showbiz (via Contact Music), Kurt Angle once again commented on the decision by the IOC (International Olympic Committee) to remove wrestling from the Olympics. Here are highlights:

On dropping wrestling: “They actually chose wrestling to drop over badminton, which completely blows my mind. The tradition and history of wrestling since the beginning of the Olympics, the competitiveness worldwide – you’re not going to get any more competitive than Olympic wrestling. There was no reason for this to happen.”

On when he won a gold medal: “‘That changed my whole life. I won the World Championships in 1995, and nobody heard about it. In amateur wrestling, that’s just as big as winning an Olympic gold medal. ‘It doesn’t mean nearly as much, because the Olympics is the pinnacle of sport. So, the value of Kurt Angle and my brand went up when I won the Olympics.”

On how it could hurt all of wrestling: ”Let’s say a WWE superstar like Jack Swagger – an All-American [wrestler] in college. They don’t really bring it up that much … There’s a big difference between being a wrestler in college and an Olympic gold medallist. The promotion is so much bigger – not only do they get more money, but the company obviously gets a lot more promotion out of it.”

— Kurt Angle recently spoke with the ABC network affiliate out of Pittsburgh, PA, about Olympic wrestling after it was announced that the sport will be removed from the 2020 Olympic Games. Check out the video below.

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3 Responses to “Kurt Angle Comments On Wrestling In The Olympics”

  1. Philly_Cheese says:

    Sadly the removal of olympic style wrestling was purely politically based. The reason they removed it was because a few people petitioned to have modern pentathlon kept in the olympics (it was on the verge of being cut). It was more because a few people whined and cried until they got their way. They claimed several reasons as to why they removed it:
    steroid use being so high in that particular sport
    low TV ratings
    low ticket sales

    Sadly enough the IOC is so out of touch with reality, they don't even understand how badly this upset people. Messed up part is, stuff like ping pong, equestrian sports, and badminton, were all kept over wrestling and baseball… Go figure…

  2. purpleurkel says:

    the "pussification" of the entire world has begun…it started in Europe and spread quickly

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