Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds took a quick moment to update LKW fans on the status of the petition to reinstate wrestling to the 2020 Olympics.
Check out the video below. If you haven’t done so already, please sign the petition on our homepage, and encourage your friends and family to get involved as well.
Let’s Keep Wrestling!
25,000 people are about to descend on Des Moines for the Division 1 National Wrestling Championships.
Organizers of the event say they are 100 volunteers short.
We want to fill that gap by Noon today. Will you commit to volunteering? Tell ‘em “Let’s Keep Wrestling” sent you and keep our effort going strong!
Earlier this week, 34 governors joined together in an unprecedented effort to save Olympic wrestling. These leaders from all over America have signed a letter to International Olympic Committee Executive Board President Jacques Rogge, urging the IOC to reverse its decision to eliminate wrestling from the 2020 Olympic games.
Sioux City Journal
February 20, 2013
We are as puzzled and disappointed as anyone in wrestling-crazy Iowa about a proposal to drop the sport from the summer Olympics.
In an unexpected bombshell, the 15-member International Olympic Committee’s executive board voted last week at its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, to drop wrestling from its core of 25 sports for the 2020 Summer Games. The sport was voted out from a final group which also included modern pentathlon, taekwondo and field hockey.
Wrestling was reduced to having to join seven other sports, such as wakeboarding and rollerblading, in applying later this year for special inclusion as a 26th sport for the 2020 games. Wakeboarding?!? Rollerblading?!? Good grief.
Leaders in Iowa aren’t taking the decision lightly. Gov. Terry Branstad and a team of wrestling advocates, including 1972 Olympic gold-medal wrestler and former University of Iowa wrestling coach Dan Gable, have launched a campaign to save the sport.
February 19, 2013
The International Olympic Committee’s vote last week to eliminate wrestling from the 2020 Games invoked fury in global centers of power like Moscow.
And Des Moines. That’s right: Iowa. It may not be the center of American politics. But wrestling is so central to Iowa culture that from the governor’s office to the congressional delegation, and from both sides of the aisle, Hawkeye State politicians are vowing to fight the IOC decision.
In an era when deadlock, gridlock and brain-lock have held everything from fiscal cliff legislation to NFL referees hostage, few act quickly or decisively enough when the most critical moments arrive.
Momentum often is gutted in the haze of too many meetings, too much posturing and the diplomatic dance of inaction posing as action.
Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds joined Olympic wrestling gold medalist Dan Gable, Olympic bronze medal winner and University of Iowa associate head wrestling coach Terry Brands, University of Northern Iowa wrestling coach Doug Schwab, who represented the U.S. in the 2008 Olympics, and three-time All American wrestler at Iowa State Travis Paulson for a news conference to announce www.LetsKeepWrestling.com. This event was held at the Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Grappling with the International Olympic Committee’s recommendation this week to drop wrestling from its program, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and a team of wrestling advocates gathered Friday to launch a campaign to save one of the state’s beloved sports.
Wearing a newly printed T-shirt with the campaign slogan, “Let’s Keep Wrestling,” Branstad highlighted the sport’s ties to Iowa at a brief news conference near the Iowa State High School Wrestling Tournament, a popular annual event being attended by tens of thousands of people.
(DES MOINES, IA) – Wrestling supporters are teaming up to save the Olympic sport including Iowa Governor Terry Branstad. Governor Branstad has created a website called www.LetsKeepWrestling.com and a Facebook page to save Olympic Wrestling and ask the IOC to keep the sport at the Olympics.
Governor Branstad wasn’t a wrestler, but he finds the sport important enough to save with three simple words: Let’s Keep Wrestling.
“We wanna do all we can to support keeping this Olympic sport,” said Branstad.
DES MOINES, Iowa —Gov. Terry Branstad is launching a campaign to keep wrestling an Olympic sport after the International Olympic Committee announced its recommendation to drop it.
Branstad will be joined at a Friday news conference by Olympic wrestling gold medalist Dan Gable, University of Iowa associate head wrestling coach Terry Brands and University of Northern Iowa wrestling coach Doug Schwab.
They’ll gather at the Iowa State High School Wrestling Tournament to kick-off their campaign called “Let’s Keep Wrestling.”
Branstad and each member of Iowa’s congressional delegation have signed a letter they will send to the IOC on Friday morning describing the importance of wrestling to Iowans and the Olympics.
Rep. Bruce Braley on Thursday noted it would be an “absolute shame” if young Iowans’ could not live their Olympic dream.