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Jeff Blatnick

Full name: Jeffrey Carl "Jeff" Blatnick
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (189 cm)
Weight: 265 lbs (120 kg)
Born: July 26, 1957 in Schenectady, New York, United States
Died: October 24, 2012 in Schenectady, New York, United States
Affiliations: Adirondack Wrestling Association
Country: USA United States
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Jeff Blatnick was a New York state high school wrestling champion and then wrestled at Springfield College, where he was twice a Division II national champion and a three-time All-American. At the 1979 NCAA Championships in Division I, he placed third. But Blatnick was better at Greco-Roman wrestling and was a three-time national champion in Greco-Roman and won eight Greco-Roman All-American awards, and won two World Cup medals. He qualified for the 1980 Olympics in Greco-Roman wrestling but could not compete because of the boycott. In May 1982 he noticed a bump on his neck and this led to the diagnosis of Hodgkin's disease, a cancer of the hematopoietic system. He underwent surgery in August 1982 for removal of his spleen and appendix and then began chemo- and radiation therapy. Blatnick seemed a long shot to make the 1984 US Olympic team but he did it by defeating the favorite, Pete Lee, in the Olympic Trials. Not considered a medal favorite Blatnick lost an early match but was able to survive to the final round where he won the gold medal over Sweden's Tomas Johansson.

In 1985 Blatnick suffered a relapse of his cancer but overcame it via chemotherapy. He later served as USA Wrestling's New York state chairman, and became a wrestling commentator on television, a motivational speaker and worked as an ambassador for the U.S. Olympic Committee. Blatnick was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1999.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Wrestling Men's Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result CP MR
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Wrestling United States USA Final Standings 1 1984-07-31
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Wrestling United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 1 1984-08-02 Blatnick (USA) decision (2-0), Johansson (SWE)
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Wrestling United States USA Group A - Final 1 1984-08-01 4,0
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Wrestling United States USA Group A - Final Match #1 1 1984-08-01 Blatnick (USA) passivity (5:12), Memišević (YUG) 3,0
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Wrestling United States USA Group A - Final Match #2 2 1984-08-01 Poikilidis (GRE) decision (4-3), Blatnick (USA) 1,0
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Wrestling United States USA Group A - Round Two 2 1984-07-31 4,0
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Wrestling United States USA Group A - Round Two Match #1 2 1984-07-31 Poikilidis (GRE) decision (4-3), Blatnick (USA) 1,0
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Wrestling United States USA Group A - Round One 1T 1984-07-31 3,0
1984 Summer 27 Los Angeles Wrestling United States USA Group A - Round One Match #1 1 1984-07-31 Blatnick (USA) passivity (5:12), Memišević (YUG) 3,0
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