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October 24, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Olympic wrestling gold medalist and longtime MMA advocate Jeff Blatnick has died after complications from heart surgery. Blatnick took home the gold in Greco-Roman wrestling in 1984 and was also a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic team, which remained home after President Carter announced a boycott of the Summer Olympics in Moscow because of the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan. Blatnick was a commentator in the early days of UFC before being replaced after UFC 32 in June 2001.
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October 25, 2012 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
Jeff Blatnick, who overcame cancer to win a gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, died Wednesday. He was 55. Blatnick died of complications from heart surgery, USA Wrestling said on its website, citing a report from television station WNYT in Albany, N.Y. Officials at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady confirmed that he died there of heart failure. Blatnick was a high school state champion in suburban Albany in the mid-1970s and a two-time Division II national champion and three-time Division II All-American at Springfield College in Massachusetts.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2012 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
Jeff Blatnick, who overcame cancer to win a gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, died Wednesday. He was 55. Blatnick died of complications from heart surgery, USA Wrestling said on its website, citing a report from television station WNYT in Albany, N.Y. Officials at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady confirmed that he died there of heart failure. Blatnick was a high school state champion in suburban Albany in the mid-1970s and a two-time Division II national champion and three-time Division II All-American at Springfield College in Massachusetts.
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October 24, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Olympic wrestling gold medalist and longtime MMA advocate Jeff Blatnick has died after complications from heart surgery. Blatnick took home the gold in Greco-Roman wrestling in 1984 and was also a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic team, which remained home after President Carter announced a boycott of the Summer Olympics in Moscow because of the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan. Blatnick was a commentator in the early days of UFC before being replaced after UFC 32 in June 2001.
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April 5, 1986 | Associated Press
Jeff Blatnick, who tearfully exclaimed "I'm one happy dude" after overcoming Hodgkin's disease to win an Olympic wrestling gold medal in 1984, said Friday he is once again battling cancer. Blatnick said he underwent chemotherapy from last September to February after a biopsy revealed that a growth near his groin was cancerous. "I took the whole thing as a challenge," he said. "That's all cancer is--it's just another adjustment in my life."
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November 22, 1986 | TOMMY HINE, The Hartford Courant
There is nothing--not even cancer--that can extinguish the spirit of the Olympic flame in Jeff Blatnick. And Blatnick didn't beat cancer once. He had to beat it twice. Cancer couldn't stop Blatnick in 1982. Fully recovered two years later, he won an Olympic gold medal at the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles. Cancer couldn't stop Blatnick in 1986. Pronounced fully recovered again only three weeks ago, Blatnick is about to begin his bid for another gold medal at the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul.
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October 15, 1991 | JIM MURRAY
Anyone can get a gold medal throwing a Yugoslavian or Greek wrestler, running a the fastest 100 meters or beating the field in the javelin or the hammer. Those guys play by the rules, the field is level and the odds even. But what if you have to win two out of three falls with cancer? An Olympic trial is grueling when you have to overcome the best your nation produces just to make the team.
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July 17, 1987 | RANDY HARVEY
Jeff Blatnick's comeback was detoured at least temporarily Thursday when he lost in the first round of the Greco-Roman wrestling competition at the U.S. Olympic Festival. Blatnick, the 1984 Olympic gold medalist from Schenectady, N.Y., who has won two falls against Hodgkin's disease, lymphatic cancer, lost, 4-7, 0-3, to Morris Johnson of San Francisco in the super-heavyweight division. The winners in each classification here earn berths on the U.S. team in the Pan American Games Aug.
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August 7, 1988 | United Press International
The next time you hear a certain baseball manager complain his reputation brings him trouble, think of Jeff Blatnick. Blatnick could probably find a brawl every day if he wanted one. He won a gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling at the 1984 Olympics, making him just the kind of heavyweight that mischief-makers love to test. Every once in a while someone approaches him trying to prove something. Blatnick, 31, proves you can just say no.
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January 18, 1993 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Assuming that Jeff Blatnick has been besieged by telephone calls from reporters who wanted him to discuss his battles with Hodgkin's disease again, apologies were made. "That's OK," the receptionist in his Albany, N.Y., office said. "He loves talking about it."
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August 1, 2004 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
Nearly every amateur athlete fantasizes about living the Olympic dream. So it was with wrestler Jeff Blatnick. But 18 months shy of realizing that dream, Blatnick's goal became simply living. Period. An All-American wrestler at Springfield College in Massachusetts, Blatnick lost his first shot at Olympic gold without ever putting his knee on a mat. He qualified for the Games, but it was 1980, the Games the U.S. boycotted because of the invasion of Afghanistan by the then-Soviet Union.
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December 26, 1993 | HAL BOCK, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The news hit like a thunderbolt. It always does. Paul Azinger, the PGA tournament champion coming off his breakthrough season on the pro tour, has lymphoma cancer. Doctors found the disease in the bone of Azinger's right shoulder blade after he struggled through the Skins Game over Thanksgiving weekend in obvious pain, his swing clearly restricted.
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January 18, 1993 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Assuming that Jeff Blatnick has been besieged by telephone calls from reporters who wanted him to discuss his battles with Hodgkin's disease again, apologies were made. "That's OK," the receptionist in his Albany, N.Y., office said. "He loves talking about it."
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October 15, 1991 | JIM MURRAY
Anyone can get a gold medal throwing a Yugoslavian or Greek wrestler, running a the fastest 100 meters or beating the field in the javelin or the hammer. Those guys play by the rules, the field is level and the odds even. But what if you have to win two out of three falls with cancer? An Olympic trial is grueling when you have to overcome the best your nation produces just to make the team.
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August 7, 1988 | United Press International
The next time you hear a certain baseball manager complain his reputation brings him trouble, think of Jeff Blatnick. Blatnick could probably find a brawl every day if he wanted one. He won a gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling at the 1984 Olympics, making him just the kind of heavyweight that mischief-makers love to test. Every once in a while someone approaches him trying to prove something. Blatnick, 31, proves you can just say no.
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July 19, 1987 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
Jeff Blatnick has beaten cancer twice, but as far as he is concerned, that is last year's news. He would rather this interview have been about how he beat Morris Johnson of San Francisco, another super-heavyweight, Greco-Roman wrestler. But Johnson won Thursday in the first round of the U.S. Olympic Festival, eliminating Blatnick and leaving his future as a world-class wrestler in doubt. "A lot of people say, 'See you in '88,' but they don't realize what you have to do to make the U.S.
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December 26, 1993 | HAL BOCK, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The news hit like a thunderbolt. It always does. Paul Azinger, the PGA tournament champion coming off his breakthrough season on the pro tour, has lymphoma cancer. Doctors found the disease in the bone of Azinger's right shoulder blade after he struggled through the Skins Game over Thanksgiving weekend in obvious pain, his swing clearly restricted.
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August 1, 2004 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
Nearly every amateur athlete fantasizes about living the Olympic dream. So it was with wrestler Jeff Blatnick. But 18 months shy of realizing that dream, Blatnick's goal became simply living. Period. An All-American wrestler at Springfield College in Massachusetts, Blatnick lost his first shot at Olympic gold without ever putting his knee on a mat. He qualified for the Games, but it was 1980, the Games the U.S. boycotted because of the invasion of Afghanistan by the then-Soviet Union.
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July 17, 1987 | RANDY HARVEY
Jeff Blatnick's comeback was detoured at least temporarily Thursday when he lost in the first round of the Greco-Roman wrestling competition at the U.S. Olympic Festival. Blatnick, the 1984 Olympic gold medalist from Schenectady, N.Y., who has won two falls against Hodgkin's disease, lymphatic cancer, lost, 4-7, 0-3, to Morris Johnson of San Francisco in the super-heavyweight division. The winners in each classification here earn berths on the U.S. team in the Pan American Games Aug.
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November 22, 1986 | TOMMY HINE, The Hartford Courant
There is nothing--not even cancer--that can extinguish the spirit of the Olympic flame in Jeff Blatnick. And Blatnick didn't beat cancer once. He had to beat it twice. Cancer couldn't stop Blatnick in 1982. Fully recovered two years later, he won an Olympic gold medal at the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles. Cancer couldn't stop Blatnick in 1986. Pronounced fully recovered again only three weeks ago, Blatnick is about to begin his bid for another gold medal at the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul.
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