Place of birth of the Men’s Freestyle Wrestling participants at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, places 1 through 7
Place of birth of the Men’s Freestyle Wrestling participants at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, places 8 through 19
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It’s pretty easy to locate the center of the Freestyle wrestling world. As mentioned before, it’s the Caucasus Mountains. You could field multiple squad with just Dagistani or Ossestian wrestlers, and indeed many do wrestle for teams other than Russia and Georgia.
What also stands out is where freestyle wrestlers don’t come. Pretty much nothing from the entire Southern Hemisphere. And Western Europe is devoid of top ranked wrestlers and nearly vacant of native qualifiers. Kinda concerning. It’s not good for business when the biggest, richest countries in the world aren’t involved.
Probably the most encouraging results are from the sub-continent. Not only does India have one and half billion potential fans, they’ve also, for the most part, yet to fall under the thrall of the twin global sport powerhouses, soccer and basketball. A silver and bronze medal at the Olympics (and identical results in the 2013 World Championships) is a real positive, and something FILA should be looking to capitalize on. There is a lot of room for growth in South Asia.
And not because we need another reminder, but because its interesting to me and I already made the charts, below is the number of points each Caucasus ‘state’ scored. Points calculated by taking each wrestler’s final standings (1-19) and subtracting it from 20. So Dagestan born wrestlers scored 115 total “points”, and 30 of those points were earned for Russia, 23 for Azerbaijan, and so forth.
|Dagestan – RUS||115|
|North Ossetia – RUS||68|
|Shida Kartli (South Ossetia) – GEO||61|
|Kabardino-Balkaria – RUS||29|
|Abkhazia – GEO||17|
|Mtskheta-Mtianeti – GEO||17|
|Astara – AZE||15|
|Kakheti – GEO||14|
|Yerevan – ARM||13|
|Ingushetia – RUS||13|
|Abseron – AZE||12|
|Karachay-Cherkessia – RUS||12|
|Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti – GEO||11|
I also did the same thing for the countries where all the wrestlers in the Olympics were born.
Did you know American Samoa had a freestyle wrestler at the 2012 Summer Games? Well you do now!