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The Wrestler

Balancing Olympic training and astronaut ambitions| Medium Read

Adam Coon, a dean’s list aerospace engineering student, is the nation’s No. 2-ranked heavyweight in Greco-Roman wrestling. In between problem sets, design projects and exams this semester, the rising star trains for Olympic tryouts. There’s just one spot on the U.S. team in his weight class and style. To nab it – and go to Rio for the 2016 summer games – Coon must upstage an older, long-time master. What’s it like to be Coon during one of the most demanding semesters of his life? He explains, in his own words.

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