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Alexandr Karelin
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Wrestler
    (September 19, 1967- )
    Specialist in the Greco-Roman form
    Three-time Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist (286 lbs. or 130 kg, Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta)
    Silver medalist at the Sydney Olympics
    13-time Russian champion
    12-time European champion
    Honored as one of the 25 best world athletes of the 20th century
    His dialogue tends to be in tongues (mumbo jumbo that makes sense only in his mind).
    He weighed 15 pounds at birth.
    In addition to ballet, opera, and theater, he is a fan of all Dostoevsky literature.
    The media constantly referred to him as ‘the Experiment.'
    Most of his opponents are more direct, nicknaming him ‘King Kong.'
    He is a backer of the centrist United Russia party.
    He claimed to have carried a refrigerator weighing nearly twice as much as he did up eight flights of stairs to his apartment.
    At the Atlanta Olympics, one American competitor was reduced to tears after failing a long, fierce battle with him (resulting in silver).
    He made Rulon Gardner, who admitted to not being nearly as strong, earn his Olympic victory (Sydney, 2000) in full.
    He is a poetry enthusiast, having written several verses of his own.
    He could throw elite competitors in his weight class all the way over his shoulders. This was part of what became known as the ‘Karelin Lift.'
    He has a degree in Physical Education.
    In addition to having no losses in 13 straight years (including every calendar year in the 1990s), he managed to avoid surrendering any points over a full six-year period.
    In his native land, he is considered a folk hero, or bogatyr.

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