It’s another special episode of Short Time, this time with the audio from the webinar hosted on Tuesday, November 7 from the Baskerville Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah called “Grappling with Elimination. Hosted by the Baskerville Institute, a beacon for thought leadership and dialogue, this discussion titled “Grappling with Elimination” delves into the intense struggle faced by the wrestling community in 2013 when the sport was on the brink of Olympic exclusion.
The panel features Nenad Lalovic, the President of United World Wrestling and an influential member of the International Olympic Committee. Under his leadership, UWW has played a crucial role in not only governing the sport but also in its expansion and the retention of its Olympic status.
Joining him is Andrew F. Barth, known for his leadership beyond the mat as the retired chairman of Capital Guardian Trust Company and a trustee at Columbia University. Barth's passion for wrestling is evident through his founding of the Titan Mercury Wrestling Club and his pivotal role in the Committee to Preserve Wrestling, which was instrumental in the fight to keep wrestling in the Olympics.
The episode also highlights the achievements of Adeline Gray, whose record-breaking career has not only set new standards in wrestling but has also been a testament to the sport's enduring legacy and appeal. Her perspective as the most decorated female wrestler in U.S. history adds a profound depth to the conversation on wrestling's Olympic journey.
Together, these voices share the narrative of wrestling's battle for Olympic survival, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the mobilization, advocacy, and sheer determination that safeguarded wrestling's place on the world's most prestigious athletic stage.
More on the Baskerville Institute can be found at baskervilleinstitute.org
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Short Time Wrestling Podcast: Episode 741 – November 9, 2023