Sunday, April 22, 2012
The Death of a Dream
A lot of the wrestlers who showed up in Iowa City to wrestle this weekend were college wrestlers who had spent the last year wrestling folkstyle. They went to Iowa City to give it a go--just to see if they could make the US Olympic Team and go to London.
But, Danny, along with quite a few other men and women, has taken the last few years and done NOTHING but prepare for today. How would you like everything in your life to come down to three two-minute periods? Win, and you have a shot at going to London, winning a medal, appearing in Vanity Fair and on Good Morning America. Lose and you are consigned to the dustbin of history.
Danny Felix has wrestled in international tournaments. He has wrestled almost every wrestler in his weight class in the United States. Although Danny did not do extremely well in college, his post-college career has left him ranked in the top five of wrestlers in the US in freestyle.
Here's another look at Danny. I think you can see from this picture why I like him.
Anyway, Danny went to Iowa, and...failed. He wrestled all the way to the semi-finals before being beaten. Danny's dream is over. He may be able to wait another four years for the next Olympics, or he may not. Age is tough on a wrestler. Your prime years usually end around 30.
I wish Danny well. I hope he gets more chances to compete, or that he gets a chance to coach. Either way, he certainly looks good in a singlet.