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  1. According to Wikipedia they were one of the earlier nations to announce. The initial order was the Soviets then: Bulgaria, Mongolia, Vietnam, Laos and Czechoslovakia. All the other nations came after that. Mongolia was a Communist Nation in 1984 and since its inception as a communist country received considerable aid from the Soviets, including protection by a large number of Soviet Troops in Country to dissuade a Chinese invasion. They sided with the Soviets over the Chinese during the Sino-Soviet Split (The Chinese were one of the few Communist Nations that participated in the games). So I have to imagine that all was a big factor.
  2. 1985 Worlds in Hungary: Soviets = 5 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze. 22 of the 30 medals (Including 8 of the Golds) in this Championships were won by nations that boycotted the 84 Summer Games Of further note, 6 of the 10 Members of the USA Olympic Wrestling Team were not on this squad (Weaver, Davis, Lewis, Rein, Banach, Banach). For what varying reasons they did not compete I do not know though I do know that Ed Banach had terrible problems with concussions. In fact I think he wrestled the Gold Medal Match against Ota while suffering from one. I believe he retired after the games. That change in squad dynamics represented a loss of 4 Golds and 2 Silvers. How all this figures into the asterisk is up for debate. Interesting data though. Joe Gonzales is the only athlete to compete on both the 84 and 85 teams who didn't medal either year (DNP in 84, 4th in 85) .
  3. It is a definite no on Karelin: Lots of pins but in each tournament he had at least one victory by decision. Though watching Johansson in 1992 basically roll over on his back in the Olympic Finals instead of getting thrown was pretty incredible.
  4. What is equally amazing about Wells is the same year he won an Olympic Gold Medal he earned his law degree, passed the bar exam and served as an assistant at Oklahoma.
  5. That is completely insane. Has anyone in either style ever come close to repeating this? Karelin or Lopez in Greco maybe?
  6. Makes sense. So using a Neutral Country as a factor, the 1982 Soviet Team is the best. And they had to travel to North America (Edmonton, Alberta Canada): 7 Gold 1 Silver 2 Bronze
  7. That is incredible. Especially considering how much tougher worlds got with so many different former Soviets competing under new flags.
  8. Fadzaev won his first world title. 10 Medals in 10 Weights 7 Gold 2 Silver (Dave Shultz and the North Korean took gold) 1 Bronze (Yordanov took Gold) Is anyone aware of a more successful Freestyle Wrestling Team ever? USA in 1984 had: 7 Gold 2 Silver 1 DNP Though it is hard to compare the two due to the boycott.
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