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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

What the *%#& is Pentathlon????

What is Pentathlon? It's the sport that survived wrestling in the Olympics. Still don't know what it is? Yeah. You're not alone. Its a sport that combines fencing, horse riding, swimming, running, and shooting, and despite carrying less popularity than wrestling, it will remain in the 2020 Olympics while wrestling is now dropped into the line with seven other sports that are applying for inclusion into the 2020 Olympics, along with karate and wushu.

Many baffled and outraged supporters of wrestling are asking the big question "Why?". Sadly enough, it came down to television ratings, ticket sales, and popularity (despite modern pentathlon showing 25 million fewer viewers). So despite this beloved sport being honored throughout junior high school, high school, and college, the exclusion from the 2020 Olympics came down to a lack of popularity. 

The next question in my mind is what will all the wrestlers do? With no career opportunities in the Olympics to work toward any longer, my curiosity is whether we will see a flooding of wrestlers enter the MMA scene in hopes of finding a career use for their years of dedication and practice through school. With many wrestlers such as Cain Velasquez, Matt Hughes, Randy Couture, Josh Koscheck, BJ Penn, Gilbert Melendez, Sara McMann, and Cat Zingano already having found a strong footing in the MMA world, the doors are wide open for these athletes who's strings have been cut lose long before they even had a chance to fulfill their ultimate dream.

While it is unlikely that the application for wrestling to be put back into the 2020 Olympics will be approved with such a recent exclusion, hopes are still held high by many as they await the outcome of this beloved sport, and one of the oldest displays of man versus man.

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