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post #26376 of (permalink) Old 01-20-2013, 07:47 PM
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Originally Posted by El Bresko View Post
Yeah Angle is a great one, how much truth was there to the "I had a broken back and won Gold at Atlanta"?

I assume none. But yeah Angle was a monster. Mijain Lopez is the only guy I think that would make the transition better.
Angle faced further hardships while taking part in the 1996 Olympic Trials, when he suffered a severe neck injury, fracturing two of his cervical vertebrae, herniating two discs, and pulling four muscles. Nonetheless, Angle won the trials and then spent the subsequent five months resting and rehabilitating. By the Olympics, Angle was able to compete, albeit with several pain-reducing injections in his neck.[11] In the fall of 2006, Angle stated that he temporarily became addicted to the analgesic Vicodin after injuring his neck. He won his gold medal in the heavyweight (90–100 kg; 198–220 lb) weight class despite his injury, defeating the Iranian Abbas Jadidi by officials' decision after the competitors wrestled to an eight minute, one-one draw. The bout saw Jadidi earn a point after two minutes and 46 seconds by turning Angle, and Angle earning a point of his own with a takedown after three minutes and eleven seconds. The officials' decision was protested by Jadidi.
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Let me clarify - Five months is NOT enough to heal a broken neck back to competitive health. He was a scary man back then

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