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Vote John Smith for the US Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame (until May 16)

Six-time World/Olympic Champion John Smith


Two-time Olympic champion John Smith is finalist for U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame; Fans can vote daily through May 16

1988 and 1992 Olympic freestyle wrestling gold medalist John Smith has been named as one of 15 finalists for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame.

Smith is one of just three wrestlers from the United States to win two Olympic gold medals, joined by George Mehnert (1904, 1908) and Bruce Baumgartner (1984, 1992).

In spite of the fact that wrestling is the No. 3 medal producing sport for Team USA at the Summer Olympics, only two wrestlers are currently in the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame: Dan Gable and Bruce Baumgartner.

ONLY FIVE OF THE 15 OLYMPIAN FINALISTS WILL BE INDUCTED. USA Wrestling is asking the wrestling community to rally behind John Smith and actively participate in the fan vote for the Hall of Fame, which runs from today through May 16.

Vote here for John Smith for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame


YOU ARE ALLOWED TO VOTE ONCE PER DAY. Vote Now and Vote Often.

In addition to his two Olympic gold medals, Smith won four World titles, stringing them all in a row. He is the only U.S. wrestler to win six World and Olympic gold medals in successive year. His amazing streak went 1987 World gold, 1988 Olympic gold, 1989 World gold, 1990 World gold, 1991 World gold, 1992 Olympic gold.

In addition to his great achievements as an athlete, John Smith has also coached the U.S. Olympic Freestyle Wrestling Team in 2000 and 2012.

John Smith has won these honors. Let's add U.S. Olympic U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame to them:

  • Smith was the first wrestler to ever claim the James E. Sullivan Award as America's outstanding amateur athlete when he won the award in 1990.

  • Smith was the first American ever chosen as the Master of Technique and Wrestler of the Year by the International Wrestling Federation (now UWW) when he received the honor in 1990.

  • Smith was recognized as one of the 100 Greatest Olympians of All Time at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

  • Smith won the Sportsman of the Year honors from the U.S. Olympic Committee in 1990.

  • In 1992, Smith was presented with the Amateur Athletic Foundation's World Trophy, becoming the first North American wrestler to earn the honor.

  • A 2003 inductee into the UWW International Wrestling Hall of Fame

  • A 1997 distinguished member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame

  • A 1997 inductee into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, That same year, Smith was inducted into the OSU Athletic Hall of Honor.

  • And many others.

    HELP GET SUPERSTAR WRESTLER JOHN SMITH IN THE U.S. OLYMPIC & PARALYMPIC HALL OF FAME!!!!

    Vote here for John Smith for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame
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    ban basketball (1) about 2 months ago
    I likely missed it, and no bigger fan of Smith than myself, but why is he being considered for the Paralympics hall?
    hardcor_33 (1) about 2 months ago
    It's all the same HOF.