- Jeff Blatnick
Blatnick began his career wrestling in 1973 at
Niskayuna High Schoolin Niskayuna, New York. While wrestling for Niskayuna, Blatnick became the state heavyweight champion in 1975. [http://www.wrestlinghalloffame.org/awards/?dm&honoree=152]
After graduating from Niskayuna, he attended and wrestled for
Springfield Collegein Springfield, Massachusetts. After winning national titles in NCAA Division II, he qualified for the 1980 Olympic team which boycotted the games. In 1982, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, prompting the removal of his spleenand appendix.
After radiation therapy helped to hold the cancer in remission, Blatnick competed in and won a
gold medalin the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California. He and his teammate, Steve Fraser, were the first Americans to ever win gold in Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling history.
Blatnick retired from wrestling after a second round with cancer, which required
chemotherapy. He served as a television commentator during the 1988 Summer Olympicsand currently works as a motivational speaker. He resides with his wife and daughter in Clifton Park, New York.
UFC 4to UFC 32he served as a commentator for the Mixed Martial Artsorganization, Ultimate Fighting Championship. During UFC 17he was also officially named as the commissionerof the UFC.
At present, Jeff Blatnick is a varsity wrestling coach at Burnt Hills-Balston Lake High School where the head coach is Steve Jones. He is also a motivational speaker
* [http://www.hickoksports.com/biograph/blatnick.shtml Blatnick's bio] at Hickok Sports
* [http://www.wrestlinghalloffame.org/awards/?dm&honoree=152 National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum entry]
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