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One-Legged Wrestling Legend

I'm Unretiring

for Wrestling's Last Olympics

2/17/2013 3:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0215-anthony-robles-gettyHe's a living legend in collegiate wrestling -- becoming a freaking NCAA champ despite having just ONE LEG -- and now, he's coming out of retirement to train for the 2016 Olympics ... because it's the last chance he'll get at Olympic gold.

You'll recall, the IOC has eliminated wrestling from the Olympics following the 2016 games in Rio -- which means Rio will be the last Olympic games to feature the sport. (It's being replaced by field hockey. Seriously.)

Now, 24-year-old Anthony Robles -- who won the 2010-11 NCAA individual championship in the 125-pound weight class while at ASU -- tells TMZ, "If this is the last chance to be at that elite level, I want to represent my country and try and take home the gold."

He adds, "The Olympics is the highest level for wrestling ... There isn't a higher platform to reach for."

Robles unofficially retired from the mat 2 years ago .. and has since worked as a motivational speaker -- but he adds, "I never said I was retired completely."

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13 COMMENTS

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1.

tdr9    

Good luck to him

522 days ago
2.

Mrugowsky    

Seems like the obvious move.

522 days ago
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Marge    

Field hockey has been in these Games for a century, seriously. FH is the original, authentic hockey, FYI, TMZ.

522 days ago
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Marge    

Field hockey has been in the Olympics since 1908, seriously. And this is the real, original, authentic hockey...FYI, TMZ.

522 days ago
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tamjk75    

Ahh TMZ u may wanna check ur facts. Field hockey has been an Olympic Sport for over 100yrs.

522 days ago
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ragu4u    

Of all the sports they COULD have dropped they picked wrestling. The ancient Greeks are rolling over in their graves.

521 days ago
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Steve McCrosky    

The IOC is a money driven and corrupt organization. Wrestling is the last pure sport besides being one steeped in the most tradition. Because you don't rely on the best equipment or technology, it allows countries like Bulgaria and Cuba to compete, unlike great Olympic sports like Golf, Beach Volleyball or Rhythmic Gymnastics. I'm beside myself this is happening. The Olympics no longer represent what they claim they represent.

521 days ago
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IngrainedJason    

College wrestling and Olympic wrestling are not the same sport so this guy is not a guantee lock for the team.

521 days ago
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Valentina1    

Now, he's not going to shoot his girlfriend four times after all this praising is he?

521 days ago
10.

Aafke    

Field hockey is already in the olympics...

521 days ago
11.

Nostradamus    

Another handicap that creates an unfair advantage.

521 days ago
12.

momoqueen    

Cool man

520 days ago
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acd125    

The IOC isn't nearly as accommodating nor as politically correct as the NCAA. If he does make the team, guaranteed the IOC will create a bylaw saying u must have 2 legs to compete.

473 days ago

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