While Strobel's crew left the Strip with a stacked deck, the U.S. Greco-Roman squad, which has qualified for Sydney in only four weight classes, must be hoping for a redeal. The runner-up at heavyweight last Saturday was 38-year-old Matt Ghaffari, who won a silver medal at Atlanta in 1996. Ghaffari's presence in the finals underscored the lack of new Greco-Roman blood in the U.S. "The best athletes go to college and wrestle Division I," says Dan Chandler, coach of the Olympic Greco-Roman team. "They can go right into the world freestyle tournament and place in the top three. If I change them over to Greco, it takes two or three years."
U.S. Boxing Eligibility Update
Let's Get Ready To Rumble
Thanks to recent action in and out of the ring, the U.S. will send a full 12-boxer squad to Sydney. With wins in the Americas Olympic Qualifier in Tijuana, Mexico, last week, U.S. Olympic team members Brian Viloria (106 pounds), Dante Craig (147) and Olanda Anderson (178) secured berths in the Games. (Among countries in the Americas, only Cuba is guaranteed an Olympic berth in every weight class; all other nations must qualify boxers individually.) In addition 132-pounder David Jackson, who had been named by USA Boxing to replace trials winner Marshall Martinez on the Olympic team-Martinez relinquished his spot on April 7 for what officials called "unspecified personal reasons"—was cleared by boxing's international governing body to box in Martinez's place in Sydney without having to qualify.