Full Name: Alexandr Alexandrovich Karelin; simply known as Alexander Karelin or
Date of Birth: 19 th September, 1967
Sport involved in: Wrestling—Greco-Roman style
Gold medalist in the super heavyweight category of the Greco-Roman wrestling competition at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games
Winner of Gold medal in the super heavyweight category of the Greco-Roman wrestling competition at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games
Gold medal winner in the super heavyweight category of the Greco-Roman wrestling competition at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games
Silver medalist in the 97-130 kilogram category of the Greco-Roman wrestling competition in the 2000 Sydney Olympics
Career: Aleksandr Karelin was known as the “Russian Dan Gable”. Karelin competed in the super heavyweight category. He was invincible in the national wrestling competition between 1987 and 2000. In the last six years of this winning streak, Karelin won the competitions without giving up a single point. He dominated the sport with his physique, agility and preparation. For these reasons, in the media he was referred to as “The Experiment”. The body lift by Karelin made him the most famous in the world of wrestling. The lift was so popular that it was named the “Karelin Lift”, after the famous wrestler. During the lift, Karelin stood in a position facing the opponent who lied flat on the mat to avoid the lift. He could lift the opponent from around his waist and throw him all the way over the opponent's shoulders. Karelin participated in the 1988 Seoul, 1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Summer Games . In the Olympic competitions, he won three gold medals and one silver medal.
Performance at the Olympics: Aleksandr Karelin's first appearance at the Olympics was in the 1988 Seoul Summer Games . In the Games, he competed in the super heavyweight category (130 kilogram) of Greco-Roman wrestling competition. Karelin had no trouble to defeat his first four opponents. In the final combat, he defeated Rangel Gerovski of Bulgaria (3-0) 30 seconds before the finishing time and won his first Olympic title. In the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics , Karelin successfully defended his Olympic title in the event. Only one of his opponents survived until the time limit. In his third appearance at the Olympics in the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games , Karelin defeated five of his competitors 25-0 and won the Olympic title for the third time in a row. He became the record holder for winning the Olympic title in the same weight division in three Olympics. In the 2000 Sydney Olympics , Karelin's pursuit for Olympic gold medal came to an end. He again reached the final of the competition. However, Karelin could not defeat Rulon Gardner in the final and had to settle for silver this time. He lost the final 1-0 to Gardner.