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Olympic champion Jeff Blatnick was one of the big stories of the 1984 Summer Olympics
Olympic champion Jeff Blatnick was one of the big stories of the 1984 Summer Olympics

Through cancer and cold war politics, Jeff Blatnick seized Olympic Gold

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Twenty-five years ago this summer, Jeff Blatnick won a gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympic Games. The Schenectady native's upset victory in Graeco-Roman wrestling was one of the big stories of the 1984 summer games. It also marked one of the most dramatic comebacks in sports history. Blatnick lives now and coaches in Saratoga County. But his sports career was nearly cut short, first by cold war politics and then by a brutal fight with cancer. Brian Mann has our profile.

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Adirondack Bureau Chief

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