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August 3, 1996

Wrestling becomes sport of masses - for a moment

 ATLANTA (AP) -- For a fortnight, an Olympic sport reached beyond its relatively small base of hardcore fans to become a sport for the masses.
 Could it really be wrestling?
 So much for a niche sport that usually disappears from the American consciousness once the Olympic flame is extinguished. These games produced intriguing stories and riveting figures who became nightly TV staples, alongside gutsy gymnasts and sound barrier-breaking sprinters.
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    Brands gets gold, Baumgartner revenge

     ATLANTA (AP) -- Tom Brands got the Olympic championship his brother was favored to win. Bruce Baumgartner got revenge and a record -- but not the gold.
     With his world champion twin cheering him on, Brands fulfilled the promise he made to himself as an undersized fifth grader by winning an Olympic freestyle wrestling gold medal Friday.
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    Wrestling with leggy dilemma

    By STEVE SIMMONS -- Toronto Sun
    A female Canadian press attache was asked to leave the wrestling venue at the Georgia World Congress Center because -- gasp -- her legs were showing.
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    Other Wrestling Headlines


  • Controversy gives Bulgarian gold
  • Canadian wrestlers hoped for more
  • Sissaouri grapples Canada a silver
  • Cross, Angle win wrestling gold
  • First taste of Olympic gold for Armenia
  • Two U.S. wrestlers can win Greco-Roman gold
  • Bittersweet start for Poland -- death on Friday, four golds by Sunday
  • SLAM!

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