Olympic Gold Medalist Jeff Blatnick Dead at 55

Oct 24, 2012

Olympic Gold Medalist Jeff Blatnick has died following complications from heart surgery - WAMC's Dave Lucas has more...

Blatnick passed away due to cardio-pulmonary arrest at Ellis Hospital on Wednesday.

A 1975 graduate of Niskayuna High, Blatnick survived a bout with Hodgkin's Disease , but went on win the gold in Greco-Roman wrestling at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. The cancer came back and forced his retirement, but his involvement in wrestling continued as a coach and commentator.

Blatnick is a member of the USA Wrestling Hall of Fame: he was key to the growth of Mixed Martial Arts. He helped formulate the Unified Rules of MMA and was one of the sport's top judges.  He volunteeered as varsity assistant coach at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School.

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