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Snowboarding over wrestling

February 13, 2013 - Burt Angeli
Iron River’s Nick Baumgartner, a world-class snowboarder, may want to have a chat with University of Minnesota wrestling coach J Robinson.

Robinson wasn’t happy that the International Olympic Committee dropped wrestling for the 2020 Games. He can’t understand why wrestling was dumped and others, like snowboarding, remain.

The IOC's decision is indicative "of what's happening in the world and America today," Robinson told Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

"The Olympic Games were designed for something very specific — for sports. And now we have what are called recreational sports — snowboarding, curling, beach volleyball, softball — those aren't Olympic sports. Those are recreational sports.

“We're watering down the Olympic Games because of commercialism. How can snowboarding be an Olympic sport? You have the people with snowboards that want to pay $5 million for TV time so that some kid will see a snowboard and then want to go get that snowboard. The snowboarders want their snowboards on TV so they can sell them.

“It has nothing to do with competition and what the true meaning of what the Olympic Games was and is about.”

Robinson considers wrestling one of the original Olympic sports.

"So where does beach volleyball fit in there?” Robinson added. “Snowboarding? Curling? Where does softball get in? Are we going to get chess, checkers? I mean, where does it stop? We need to get back to the basics."



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