Wrestling Greco Roman is one of the two types of wrestling in the olympic games. This certain style does not allow any attacks below the waist. Wrestlers only use their arms and upper bodies to attack their opponents. The Greco-Roman style of wrestling is dominated by Russian athletes. One very famous Greco-Roman wrestler was Russia's Aleksandr Karelin. Karelin competed in the heavyweight division in the 1988, 1992, 1996, and 2000 olympic games. Karelin took home gold medals for the 1988, 1992, and 1996 games and. He was undefeated until the Sydney 2000 games when was matched against Rulon Gardner from the United States.
Wrestling Greco Roman never really caught on in the English-speaking world, despite its connection in style to many British styles of folk wrestling and the efforts of William Muldoon (a successful New York barroom freestyle wrestler who served in the Franco-Prussian War and learned the style in France) to promote it in the United States after the Civil War. Muldoon's matches in particular drew large crowds but failed to gain a foothold among Americans. Instead, freestyle became the wrestling of choice in Great Britain and the United States, where it later influenced the development of collegiate wrestling.
In Olympic competition, countries of the former Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Turkey, South Korea, Romania, Japan, Sweden, and Finland have had great success. Carl Westergren of Sweden won three Greco-Roman gold medals in 1920, 1924, and 1932, and was the first Greco-Roman wrestler to do so. Alexander Karelin did the same in 1988, 1992, and 1996. Ivar Johansson of Sweden won gold medals in Greco-Roman in 1932 and 1936 and also a gold medal in freestyle in 1932. The United States Olympic delegation (exclusively wrestling freestyle before) first entered Greco-Roman wrestling in 1952 and has taken three gold medals, won by Steve Fraser and Jeffrey Blatnick in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, and by Rulon Gardner at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
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