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“Anxiousness. It is manifest in my heartbeat in the long hours and sacred silent minutes before every match. It stabs me like the pangs of hunger during fasts breeding discipline of body, strength of mind, and fortitude of soul. And it's overcome when I introduce my opponent's face to the mat, to its texture and smell; softened and intensified over the course of a thousand training sessions and through the absorption of gallons of human sweat. In the world’s oldest sport, all questions about fear and determination are addressed in the exact moments when in my opponent’s eyes I clearly read that knees – or heart – will fold. And they are answered beyond any shadow of doubt when I squeeze the lock and score a fall. I will not weaken, for the only way I can become a champion is to welcome and endure that which I fear most – the possibility of being beaten – by seasoned teammates one day, and by unknown foes in foreign gyms the next. After hours, days, and weeks of willing myself into the house of painful repetition, the bruises begin to fade. Quads burn less. Pain enters more slowly as body and mind are hardened, reconstructed, and refined. In the end, stepping out of the circle with arms raised in victory is not about outside obstacles, nameless opponents, or even the taste of my own blood. It’s about confronting my own pain, and through this, exceeding my own potential. It’s about transforming anxiousness into power. It’s about me. Family, coaches, teammates: I cherish their support. But on the mat, there are no kinships except with the mat itself. Here, I must be, more than anything, Out For One.” #wrestling#wrestlingmom#wrestlingislife#wrestlinglife#wrestlingshoes#wrestlingnews#wrestlingphotography#wrestlingfan#wrestlingtoys#wrestlingfigs#wrestlingleague ***For Schools, Club Sports, and Corporate awards and gifts, please email or call OSA directly at 708-777-1280 for quantity pricing. We can accommodate your needs with a selection of color wood frames to match your décor, team or organization... ***Retail stores please contact us for wholesale pricing...
I started wrestling when I was five years old. My very first weight class was 45 pounds. Years later, now at 29, I’m the oldest guy on the USA wrestling team, and I still love what I do. After winning the World Championships in Paris in 2017, some people suggested that I retire. “Go out on top,” they said. But sport isn’t about acquiring something great and retaining that position by retiring and walking away. Competition is about maximizing your potential and fulfilling your gifts. Columnist Erma Bombeck once said, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.” I’ll never retire from this sport with more scrapping still left in my tank for the sake of preserving a legacy. I won’t quit while I’m ahead, I’ll quit when I’m done.
________________________________________________________”Even my old fans like, ‘Old man, just stop.’ I would if I could, but I can’t. I’m hot.” - Jay-Z by @alliseeisgold