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Just ahead of Jordan Burroughs match against Russia’s Saba Khubetzhty, which Burroughs won to go 53-0 in his international career, the London Olympic 74kg champ chatted with NBC’s Jimmy Roberts about what events like “Rumble on the Rails” mean amid the effort to save Olympic wrestling.
“Huge events like this are awesome. I think we don’t gain a lot of notoriety or exposure from American media, so I think today is a great day for the sport of wrestling. We got some high flying matches, some entertainment. We just need to add a little bit of flair… kind of with an MMA style to it.”
The U.S. fell to world No. 1 Iran 6-1 early in the day, but routed the Russians 8-1, as international wrestling fans and celebrities showed up en masse to support wrestling’s bid to remain in the Games.
“More Than Gold: Jesse Owens and the 1936 Berlin Olympics,” a one-hour documentary on the track and field legend, will air on NBC on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET.
Morgan Freeman narrates the film on Owens, who won four gold medals at the Berlin Games in the face of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany.
Here’s a clip from the documentary.
“’More Than Gold’ will invite viewers inside the story of a pioneering athlete, who in the face of racial discrimination at home and the horrific theories and practices of Nazi Germany, performed at his best under immense pressure,” Mark Levy, Senior Vice President, Original Productions and Creative, NBC Sports Group, said in a press release. “Viewers will experience the Games through the compelling memories of Jesse’s surviving Olympic teammates, who were eye-witnesses to those events.”
“More Than Gold” includes interviews with Owens’ 1936 Olympic teammates swimmers Adolph Kiefer and Iris Cummings Critchell and canoeist John Lysak and Owens’ three daughters.
“Jesse Owens was the hero of every member of the 1936 Olympic team,” Kiefer said in a press release. “We all wanted him to win. We wanted him to win four medals. I’m just sorry it wasn’t five. He’s No. 1 and always will be.”
The film will also feature footage from the famous 1936 Olympic film “Olympia” from German director Leni Riefenstahl.
A feature-length film on Owens, “Race,” hits theaters on Feb. 19.
VIDEO: Three clips from ‘Race’ film about Jesse Owens
LONDON (AP) — Seeking to calm fears over the Zika outbreak, the IOC medical director tells The Associated Press that “everything that can be done is being done” to combat the virus in Brazil and provide safe conditions for athletes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Dr. Richard Budgett says the International Olympic Committee is “absolutely not complacent” about the mosquito-borne virus, which has been linked to birth defects.
He says “our priority is to protect the health of the athletes, we do take it very seriously.”
Budgett says the outbreak should be kept “in perspective,” noting that world health authorities have not called for a restriction on travel to Brazil.
He says there has been no consideration of postponing or canceling the Olympics, which are scheduled from Aug. 5-21.
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