Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Big Z carries on family's Olympic tradition

Like Canada's Martin Brodeur, Slovakia's Zdeno Chara is the second athlete in his family to play in the Olympic Games, as his father was a Greco-Roman wrestler in 1976.
"Unfortunately, he didn't place very well because he got injured and finished eighth in his category of Greco-Roman wrestling. He was a thick guy, about 6-1 and 240 pounds in his prime. He still competed until he was 47, so he was a big competitor. He has been professionally active for over 30 years. My Dad always taught me to be a good example, work hard, do your best and to give 100 percent every time."
If you've ever seen Chara's fighting style, you know he's incorporated some of his father's moves into playing hockey.


At 3:53 p.m., February 15, 2006, Anonymous Ben said...

Ovechkin's mother won Olympic gold in basketball for Russia in '76 and '80. Kovalchuk's father played on the Russian national basketball team too but I'm not sure if he was an Olympian.

Why couldn't I have those kinds of genes? Or play sports.


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