Chris Taylor (wrestler)

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Chris Taylor
Chris Taylor (wrestler).jpg
Taylor at the Munich Olympics on August 30, 1972, after winning his third round match in freestyle wrestling
Medal record
Men's freestyle wrestling
Bronze 1972 Munich Super heavyweight

Chris Taylor (June 13, 1950 – June 30, 1979) was an American freestyle wrestler who competed at 1972 Munich Olympics. At 412 pounds (187 kg) he was the heaviest Olympian ever until the appearance of judoka Ricardo Blas, Jr. in 2008.[1] (This was well before weight limits were imposed on the highest level of amateur wrestling.)

Amateur wrestling[edit]

The 6 ft 5 in (196 cm) Taylor, wrestled for Dowagiac High School in Dowagiac, Michigan, Muskegon Community College in Muskegon, Michigan, and Iowa State University (winning the NCAA heavyweight championship in 1972 by defeating Greg Wojciechowski), and won the bronze medal at the 1972 Olympics, losing only to Alexander Medved.[2] During the games, he was suplexed by Wilfried Dietrich from West Germany during their match.

Professional wrestling[edit]

Taylor wrestled professionally in the American Wrestling Association. His début was in 1974 vs Rene Goulet. Taylor faced various wrestlers, among them future star Ric Flair. Taylor, trained by Verne Gagne and Billy Robinson, was being groomed to be a major star. Chronic health problems limited the amount of work he could do, and said problems forced him to retire from the ring in early 1977. Chris can be seen many times when they show highlights from the AWA training camp. Most notably in the WWE DVD releases "the Spectacular Legacy of the AWA" and "the Definitive Ric Flair Collection.

Taylor's finishing move was a variation of the bearhug.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Taylor died of cardiovascular complications at his home in Story City, Iowa at the age of 29, two years after health problems caused him to retire from professional wrestling.[4]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame
    • Class of 2013[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oliver, Greg. "Chris Taylor: The giant Olympian". Slam!/Canoe. Retrieved 2008-09-07. 
  2. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/ta/chris-taylor-1.html Sports Reference
  3. ^ http://www.obsessedwithwrestling.com/profiles/c/chris-taylor.php Obsessed with Wrestling
  4. ^ Wulf, Steve (July 9, 1979). "A Roundup Of The Week June 25-July 1". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2008-09-07. 
  5. ^ "Flair, Watts, Taylor to enter Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame". WrestleView. 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 

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