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  1. I can't tell if you're being serious. No one in their right mind thinks he's 52. I was making an obvious extreme exaggeration to highlight the absurdity of a 39 year old guy competing at that level.
  2. I was making light of how absurd it is that he's that old and competing at such a high level.
  3. There's plenty of empirical evidence showing its advantages in strength and endurance sports in the moment over someone not using it. What makes it feel less like cheating is that it's not building your long-term work capacity in some way. I can't get on board with people feeling like.."take away a year and let's get on with it." There's just way too much research showing the long-lasting impact on ease of regaining and adding muscle from having activated muscle proteins previously during PED dosing. Just ask Justin Gatlin, who almost made the Olympics in the 100m at age 52. I definitely support a full cycle penalty every time.
  4. He was talking about Russia, who had 3 golds and 5 medals from 6 weights and routinely wins worlds easily with or without their top lineup.
  5. The cut wasn't it. He lost the 50/50 positions to a bigger, more powerful guy with equal skills. He looked 15lbs smaller and got big-brothered any time it got interesting
  6. Is Destribats entered though?
  7. The issue I have is people aren't gracious in letting others know the original meaning that has gotten lost over time so that someone can be educated. If I'm inflicting pain on someone, I want to know about it so I can stop. But people aren't automatically idiots for not realizing that "calling a spade a spade" or "hoodwinked" or "uppity" started out with dehumanizing meanings. When I do realize it, I stop using them. But give folks a chance to succeed.
  8. There was only one actual gold match in the 12 men's weight classes (2 if you count Mongolia wrestling one period vs. Takahashi). But teams know how it works and realize that backfilling is a real thing with Covid dropouts from national teams and missed drug tests on the way--that's why 77% of the bronze contestants showed up and only 1 of 24 matches had a double forfeit (Takahashi's bracket, where Japan obviously won't drop out of the Olympics).
  9. A couple observations of the above data: 1. We're really lucky to be in the Pan Am region. Africa is weaker than ours, but you can see clearly how much the two genuine wrestling nations (Cuba and us) benefit from our regional placement. With that said, we would get even more through in Africa/Oceania and almost as many as we do now in Asia. Europe is really the region that crushes advancement numbers. 2. We weren't alone in struggling to qualify people through the last-chance event. Only 12 of a possible 83 empty lineup spots (14%) got filled by this list of Top 10 (11) teams in Bulgaria--and that includes Russia qualifying 4 out of an available 5.
  10. One more. We had 14 last time with the 65kg inclusion late-on. I'm including drug issues and North Korea dropout replacements in the above lists too.
  11. Each top ten nation BY QUALIFYING EVENT (2019 worlds - continental qualifier - last chance) and percent of possible remaining spots earned at each stop (e.g. Russia 9 of 18 at worlds, 4 of 9 remaining at euros, 4 of 5 remaining at last chance): Russia 17 (9-4-4) (50%, 44%, 80%) United States 15 (4-11-0) (22%, 79%, 0%) Cuba 12 (2-10-0) (11%, 72%, 0%) Japan 12 (8-2-2) (44%, 20%, 25%) China 11 (5-6-0) (28%, 46%, 0%) Iran 11 (6-5-0) (33%, 42%, 0%) Kazakhstan 11 (8-3-0) (44%, 30%, 0%) Tunisia 10 (0-10-0) (0%, 56%, 0%) Ukraine 10 (5-2-3) (28%, 15%, 27%) Turkey 9 (4-4-1) (22%, 28%, 10%) Mongolia 9 (2-5-2) (11%, 31%, 18%)
  12. Each Top 10 nation by style (freestyle-greco-women's): Russia 17 (6-5-6) United States 15 (5-4-6) Cuba 12 (3-6-3) Japan 12 (4-2-6) China 11 (3-2-6) Iran 11 (6-5-0) Kazakhstan 11 (5-3-3) Tunisia 10 (2-4-4) Ukraine 10 (2-3-5) Turkey 9 (4-3-2) Mongolia 9 (3-0-6)
  13. Zare is definitely in that group. We're all including Gable because he's ascended to a level domestically the last year that far exceeds anything we've seen from any American heavyweight in many years. He smashed Parris 3 times recently and just handed Gwiz two of the worst losses of his career--and he's doing it with stunning takedowns that look like practice takedowns with no resistance. (And Gwiz has looked like medal-winning Gwiz, not out-of-shape Gwiz, recently in all other matches)
  14. Freestyle: Russia, Iran 6 Kazakhstan, United States 5 Japan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Algeria, Belarus, India 4 Azerbaijan, China, Cuba, Georgia, Mongolia 3 Greco: Cuba 6 Russia, Iran 5 Algeria, Armenia, Egypt, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Tunisia, United States, Uzbekistan 4 Ukraine, Serbia, Kazakhstan 3 Women's: China, Japan, Mongolia, Russia, United States 6 Ukraine 5 Bulgaria, India, Nigeria, Tunisia 4 Belarus, Cuba, Kyrgyzstan, Sweden 3 Overall: Russia 17 United States 15 Cuba, Japan 12 China, Iran, Kazakhstan 11 Tunisia, Ukraine 10 Turkey, Mongolia 9
  15. The Finn beats Georgiev of Bulgaria in somewhat of an upset in the other quarter in Coon's bracket, so that's who he'll have with a win. I would have leaned toward Ramonov or Kuchmii beating Coon, but he looked stout in round 1 and I'm starting to like his chances overall much more.
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