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Coach recalls a humble, determined Blatnick

Pallbearers carry the casket of Jeff Blatnick out of Our Lady Of Grace Church in Ballston Lake following the funeral service today for the Olympic wrestling gold medalist and motivational speaker.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Pallbearers carry the casket of Jeff Blatnick out of Our Lady Of Grace Church in Ballston Lake following the funeral service today for the Olympic wrestling gold medalist and motivational speaker.
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As Jeff Blatnick came around from his 1982 surgery to treat his Hodgkin’s lymphoma, among those waiting to visit was his old high school wrestling coach Joseph Bena. Blatnick had made the U.S. Olympic Team two years earlier, only to miss the games with the rest of the team with the U.S. boycott to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. “His eyes still glassy,” Bena told mourners Monday morning at Blatnick’s funeral, “he said, ‘Coach, ...

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