Why Wrestling Shouldn’t be Dropped from the Olympics

Wrestling, running, and throwing events are the oldest athletic events. Before we had organized sport, we had people seeing who could throw a stick or a rock farther, who could run faster, and who could best the other in combat. 

Golf is under consideration as an addition to the Olympic games. Golf has undeniable international appeal, which is one of the key criteria for addition to the games. However, unlike sports like wrestling, and running which require no specialized equipment, or sports like rugby or soccer that only require a single ball for 30 or 22 people; Golf equipment is prohibitively expensive, and doesn’t give it the same mass appeal as ball games or feats of strength, endurance, or skill. Golf is a great sport, it’s one of those things that people get hooked on by learning the basics quickly, and then spending the rest of their lives trying to master. And although it has international appeal, it doesn’t have the same kind of appeal as other sports.

When considering events to cut, wrestling should be one of the last ones to be cut, held to be among track and field and the marathon. This is because every culture on earth has a style of wrestling, and everyone has a general understanding of what “wrestling” means.

Even though wrestling took a lot away from me, I still believe it has merit and is a good sport. I think that consideration should be given to the historical and traditional aspects of a sport before it is cut.

Why You Should Focus on Improvement

Often, I feel broken down emotionally as well as physically. The difference in fitness between where I was, where I am now, and where I would like to be, general fatigue, and the day to day struggles that I and everyone else most assuredly face all conspire to keep me from feeling my best. I deal with this by focusing on how much I’ve improved, not how far I have to go.

Instead of picking a goal that seems at times unattainable, make note of how much stronger, faster, and more energetic you are each week that you train. With my focus on improvement instead of my failures and my weaknesses, I feel encouraged to continue on and to work harder than ever.

At the end of the week, I take a moment to reflect and think to myself “Wow. I’ve done things that a week, two weeks, even two days ago would have seemed improbably difficult. I’m amazed at how quick the human body can recover and improve.”. Right now, I feel like writing down what I’ve done, my plans, and setting goals for myself. All of this, because I focus on improvement.

Success Stories

Before I begin this post, I just want to let everyone know that I took the story from SpinalCordRecovery.org, the website of the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. All credit is due to them and their writers, and if you’d like to learn more and visit their general site, click here.

Success Stories

The International Center for Spinal Cord Injury offers more than just the hope of recovery from what was once thought to be an irreversible and life altering injury. Through the use of Activity Based Restorative Therapies (RT) great promise has been shown helping adults and children with chronic spinal cord injuries recover sensation, movement, independence, and overall improved quality of life even many months or years after an injury.

Santa Marie Wallace

Despite her disability, Santa Marie Wallace finished her BA in May 2011 and is currently pursuing her MA in Disability Policy while working part-time. Although her C3-C5 incomplete spinal cord injury and limitations of movement caused her body to be stiff as a board at first, her muscles are now being re-educated through activity-based restorative therapy at the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury. The innovative, aggressive nature of treatment has augmented her flexibility and movement. Santa continues to make strides in strength and recovery of function. She is able to stand from her wheelchair and walk limited distances using a rolling walker, something doctors told her she would never do.

Patrick Rummerfield

Patrick Rummerfield lives a life that can only be deemed miraculous. A 1974 car accident left Pat with little hope of survival. Today, this triathlete, racecar driver and motivational speaker spends each day ensuring that he makes the most of his body’s renewed power. As the world’s first fully functional spinal cord injury quadraplegic, Pat is living proof that with the right combination of quality medical care, intensive physical therapy and personal will, recovery from devastating injuries is possible.

Lily Wilkinson

Lily was just three when her neck was broken in an automobile accident. A moment of folding metal, and her new life appeared etched in stone before she had ever entered kindergarten. After months of intensive care, her parents were told she would never be able to use or feel her legs again.

Matt Courson

Matt climbed on his four-wheeler to make the short trip to visit a friend. He never made it. He can’t remember much about the ride, but he knows he went over a 20-foot embankment. When he came to after the crash, he couldn’t move.

MacKenzie Clare

MacKenzie was just ten years old and looking forward to a day of fun at Port Discovery in Baltimore with her parents and two friends on April 2, 2005. That rainy day took a different turn when a pick-up truck traveling on the opposite side of the highway lost control and veered into their lane, hitting their car, and injuring all five occupants.

Van Brooks

“I remember everything,” Brooks said the other day. “I remember making the tackle. I remember laying there and not being able to feel anything. I remember talking to the trainer, who was asking me different questions. I remember getting into an ambulance. They cut all my equipment off, then they waited for the MedEvac [medical helicopter] to come. They transferred me to the MedEvac. I remember the ride down to Shock Trauma, but once I landed at Shock Trauma, I don’t remember anything.”

Loretta McRae

In the months since the 15-year-old struck her head on an ocean sandbar in Australia, sustaining a C6-level spinal cord injury, virtually every expert said she’s already gotten her miracle. She was alive, she could wiggle her toes, she was regaing sensation in her limbs. But she would probably need to use a wheelchair for the rest of her life.