FILA adds U.S. wrestler
Mike Zadick to the Olympic Games field at 60 kg in men’s
BEIJING, China - USA Wrestling, the national governing body
for wrestling in the United States, has been notified by the
international wrestling federation FILA that U.S. wrestler Mike
Zadick (Solon, Iowa/Gator WC) has been added to the field at
60 kg (132 lbs.) in men’s freestyle wrestling at the Summer
Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
The United States had not qualified to participate in the Olympic
Games at 60 kg during the qualification process prior to the
USA Wrestling made a formal request to FILA to add Zadick to
the Olympic Games field at 60 kg when it was learned that the
Bulgarian Wrestling Federation withdrew its entry from the Olympics
at that weight division due to injury.
The FILA Bureau, the governing council for international wrestling,
met on Sunday to discuss the request and came to its decision
at that time.
Zadick was a 2006 World silver medalist and member of the 2007
U.S. World Team. He won the 60 kg division at the U.S. Olympic
Team Trials in June to earn the No. 1 spot on Team USA in his
“It was determined that Mike Zadick was an Olympic eligible
athlete, who has been in serious training if this opportunity
became available,” said USA Wrestling Executive Director
Rich Bender. “We are excited for him and have confidence
in his ability to perform well at the Olympic Games.”
Zadick will weigh in on Monday, August 18 and will compete on
Tuesday, August 19.
“It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to wrestle in
the Olympic Games,” Zadick said. “I never stopped
believing it would happen. I want to thank USA Wrestling and
(USA Wrestling Executive Director) Rich Bender for making this
happen. I’m looking forward to having an opportunity to
wrestle in the Olympics and bringing home a gold medal.”