On this audio edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman and Gary Abbott, Director of Communications and Special Projects of USA Wrestling, preview the 2011 World Wrestling Championships.
This event takes place Monday, September 12, through Sunday, September 18, at the Sinan Erdem Arena in Ataköy, Istanbul, Turkey. It will feature the best wrestlers in the world in the three styles which will be contested: men's and women's freestyle wrestling, and Greco-Roman wrestling.
USA Wrestling has a special section on the World Championships on TheMat.com
Our annual preview of the World Wrestling Championships included profiles of both American wrestlers and many of the wrestling stars from around the world. We discussed 2004 Olympic gold medalist freestyle wrestler Cael Sanderson of the USA, who returned to competition this year after a seven-year hiatus where he focused on coaching; two-time Olympic gold medalist and eight-time world champion in women's freestyle wrestling Saori Yoshida of Japan, who has won every year since 2002; and 2008 Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion in Greco-Roman wrestling, heavyweight Mijian Lopez of Cuba, who has won every year since 2007.
We also discussed the upcoming annual predictions of international wrestling journalists of gold medal winners (including both of us), how this event is a qualifier for the 2012 Olympics, how to follow 2011 World Wrestling Championships live, why this event is both so important and enjoyable, and much more.
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