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4: Olympic Wrestling: Past, Present, and Future

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Dan-Gable1In episode 4, Tim, Josh, and Lex talk about the IOC recommendation to remove wrestling as one of the core Olympic sports, the history of wrestling in the Olympics, IOC, FILA, Dan Gable, Aleksandr Karelin, Rulon Gardner, pankration, professional wrestling, squash, facing an aggressive opponent in competition, etc.

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Here’s a good video on “The Fight to Save Olympic Wrestling”. This Sunday, September 8, the IOC will vote on whether or not to include wrestling in the 2020 Olympics.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWZkzik2Ejw

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3: A Riddle Within a Riddle

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badwater-ultramarathon-runnersIn episode 3, Lex and Josh talk about the ultramarathon runner Dean Karnazes, the many different flavors of Josh Vogel, twitter stardom, burning off excess pain, MovNat, learning new languages, handstands in French, levels of immersion, Josh’s birthday, John Danaher, Royce Gracie, skating in the 90s, Thrashin’, True Romance, Steve Plyler’s black belt hair, money in sports, a “fight is never over”, catch wrestling, Salt n  Pepa, nut butters, flow rolling, etc.

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2: Hero Worship and the Resolute Acceptance of Death

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tim-carpenterIn episode 2, Lex and Tim talk about Miyamoto Musashi, the iTunes explicit rating, hero worship, the value of getting punched in the face, fear of losing, learning from fighting, battling to the death in West Philly, hipsters at the Piazza, Sex at Dawn, A Book of Five Rings, romantic relationship with jiu jitsu, risk aversion, karate vs wrestling, breaking your opponent, training mental toughness, and not giving any respect to your opponent even if your opponent is Roger Gracie.

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1: Unbroken Rapscallion

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In episode 1, Lex and Josh talk about Louis Zamperini, the four minute mile, white belt problems, grace in movement, and kneebars.

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Speech excerpt in the intro song comes from JFK’s speech at Rice University in 1962. Here’s the relevant part, but I urge to go read the whole thing:

But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? … We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.