Archive for Tuesday, October 17, 2000

U.S. wrestler mines belated gold

Slay to be declared Olympic winner in freestyle wrestling

October 17, 2000


— The U.S. freestyle wrestling team left Sydney without a gold medal, the first time that's happened at the Olympics since 1968. On Monday, two weeks after the Summer Games closed, the Americans learned they will almost certainly get a gold medal after all.

The IOC medical commission recommended that Germany's Alexander Leipold be stripped of his gold medal after testing positive for the steroid nandrolone.

If approved as expected by the IOC's ruling executive board, the gold will go to Brandon Slay of Amarillo, Texas.

Slay says he had mixed feelings about the chances of being an Olympic champion without winning the final match.

"Either medal, gold or silver, I am happy with it," said Slay, who spent the day touring the Texas Panhandle talking with elementary students and showing them his silver medal. "To lose a gold medal in the Olympics teaches you all the lessons of losing, then to come back and find out you've won the gold is the ultimate goal for any athlete," Slay said.

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