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To: freedom44; a_Turk; GeraldP
I remember watching Ghaffari demolish the competition back in Atlanta. He was probably the high point of the Olympic Games that Summer.

I'm not sure, but I also think he won a few medals in Barcelona.

Along with the Greeks, Armenians and perhaps, the Turks and the Russians, some of the most accomplished wrestlers in the world are Persian.

I usually despise those stupid "human interest stories" the networks use as fillers for the down-time between Olympic events, but the story of how Ghaffari's family made it to U.S. shores was incredibly moving.

18 posted on 08/03/2004 11:31:23 PM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid ("You can abort 'em but don't deport 'em!")
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To: The Scourge of Yazid
Along with the Greeks, Armenians and perhaps, the Turks and the Russians, some of the most accomplished wrestlers in the world are Persian.

The best Wrestlers and Weight lifters are also from Iran. I think we will win some GOLD medal in weight lifting and Wrestling.

19 posted on 08/03/2004 11:53:51 PM PDT by Khashayar
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To: The Scourge of Yazid; DoctorZIn; McGavin999; freedom44; nuconvert; sionnsar; AdmSmith; ...

Iran's Alireza Dabir stands on the podium wearing his gold medal after beating Ukraine's Yevgen Buslovych in the 58 kg freestlye wrestling final at the Sydney Olympics Sunday

Steven Lopez of the United States, center, celebrates his gold medal with runners up Joon-Sik Sin of Korea with silver, left, and Hadi Saeibonehkohal of Iran with bronze from the men's 68 kilogram taekwondo competition at the Sydney Olympic Games Thursday, September 28, 2000. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

USA's Cary Kolat is thrown on his head by defending world champion from Iran Mohammad Talaei in a qualifying freestyle wrestling match at the Sydney Olympic Games, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000. Kolat may be the most star-crossed American wrestler ever. Even when he wins, he loses. Kolat, one of the best U.S. amateur wrestlers ever, won his first Olympic freestyle match Thursday, saw it protested, then lost the rematch to world champion Mohammad Talaei of Iran 5-4. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)

20 posted on 08/04/2004 12:03:53 AM PDT by Khashayar
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