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  1. For years our senior level athletes weren't given the earnings they deserve. Secrecy in earnings seems to devalue the athletes. My opinion is if the earnings were made public, the wrestlers would have the ability to better negotiate their contracts based off the ones out there. You see this all the time in football, baseball, etc...the highest contract is the one that sets the new bar. The ability to measure the growth of the sport based on the growth of contracts and sponsorship deals would be another benefit.
  2. Why should they say something? Kyle Snyder is the face of their brand and this is huge wrestling news.
  3. Haha I know that...I would just love to see wrestling move away from secrecy. Another interesting note-Snyder’s main sponsor-Rudis-has been completely silent about his transfer. Seems a little odd-you’d think they’d release some kind of statement of support.
  4. It would be cool if we could start seeing what the wrestlers are making. Contract details and endorsement deals are released in major sports.
  5. What if the NLWC is a better training environment? Wouldn't that make him better? Isn't that what USA wrestling fans should want for Kyle Snyder-to become better?
  6. Whether he makes the team or not, he'll only be 24 years old and one of the most accomplished wrestlers in USA wrestling's history. Also, he seems to have incredible character and work ethic..so he'll be fine wherever he goes.
  7. I'm pretty positive Snyder thinks about things in a completely different way than your takes. 1. He's not worried about school pride, he wants to get better by wrestling better practice partners everyday-not just 1 or 2 top guys brought in once a year. This shouldn't surprise us considering he skipped his last year of high school to train at the OTC. 2. Coaching style/technique does make a difference. He's been with Tervel for many years now-makes them best friends and close but also gives him limited perspective on technique and training that could help him. Also, he's really close to Brandon Slay-the move puts him only a few hours from him at UPenn. 3. Family is important to him. He and his wife (not girlfriend) are both from Maryland-the move puts him much closer to home.
  8. https://www.trackwrestling.com/tw/PortalPlayer.jsp?TIM=1540475318700&twSessionId=eqatvucomwntsil&videoId=741651132 Here’s the interview where Dake said he woke up 3 kilos under the morning of world finals. This was last year after his world title.
  9. My favorite part of the interview was that he didn’t say anything good about Tedeev. In all seriousness though, thanks for the translation...seems like a great guy with incredible character.
  10. As a Michigan guy, it's pretty conflicting for me. I'll always root for Amine and Micic at the World/olympic level but I'd prefer them be competing for USA. I'm wondering where this all goes from here. Does this continue to be a "thing" Michigan does and other RTC's hop on the train. Or is this unique because of the crop of kids at Michigan during this time period. Interesting note-Cam Amine (cousin of Myles and Malik) might be able to compete for Lebanon - his grandpa was an olympic medalist for Lebanon in 1960. He would not be able to compete for San Marino though-that citizenship is through Myles and Malik's mother.
  11. I know my expectations were higher for USA at Worlds this year. However, this was the 4th best finish for the team since 2008. USA freestyle wrestling is better from 2015-2019 than they were 2008-2014. Russia had a better than average performance. In 2010 they had all 7 wrestlers medal (4 Golds, 2 silvers, 1 Bronze)...that might be the only better year since 2008. However I think 5 Golds, 1 Silver, and 3 Bronze (with 1 DNP from a backup) this year is a little more impressive. Iran also had a slightly better performance this year than 17 and 18. What they accomplished this year - 1 Gold, 1 Silver, and 2 Bronze is more indicative of where they've been historically. Much more detail on my research via the link below-if you're into that stuff... https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NImcKBCtXYITUVjq35uxACRaVRQ5VyE0RgslDK1FmKY/edit?usp=sharing
  12. They were definitely not. The UWWs were much better - more announcing action, less cheering and tangents. I paid for track but switched to the UWW feed like 3 days in to get away from the announcers.
  13. What's even more remarkable is this is par for the course for Russia. Since 2008-half of their world reps have wrestled for a GOLD MEDAL. 42 of 84-with 31 winning gold.
  14. So how about Russia having 4 finalists at the first 5 weights and already 2 champs...and their 61 is one of a few favorites.
  15. For what it's worth - Micic beat fix in the junior trials back in 15. Micic beat him 2 matches to none after losing in the junior open to Fix. He took bronze at Juniors that year and then transferred to Serbia in 18. His first competition was Euros in May of 18-where he took Bronze. He is no longer eligible to transfer back to USA or any other country. Can't blame him for not wanting to go through the stacked field at 57 in USA-Fix, Gilman, Lee, Suriano, Micic, Nahshon, NATO, Vito, etc...
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