Today’s remarkable listing is a T-shirt signed by 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Coleman Scott. I had the opportunity to chat with this remarkable athlete, and his story is very inspiring.
Coleman grew up in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, in a family that was no stranger to the sport of wrestling. Coleman told me his grandfather was a wrestler, and that from an early age (six!), he thought it was a fun activity. Like every other Olympic athlete I spoke with, Coleman was a true competitor. Sure he played team sports like soccer or baseball, but he grew a little frustrated when, after giving his personal best, the team would still lose the game. In the individual sport of wrestling, he could completely rely on his own abilities to win a match. And somewhere along the way, he fell in love with the sport.
According to Wikipedia, Coleman did extremely well at Waynesburg Central High School, where he “had a record of 156-12 and was a four-time WPIAL champion and three-time PIAA champion.” This impressive record earned him a scholarship to Oklahoma State, where head coach John Smith, who was a legendary Olympic wrestler, recruited him. Interestingly, one of the other wrestlers profiled here on eBay stories, Jake Herbert, grew up only 50 miles away from Coleman, and he fondly remembers playing Little League baseball against his friend.
According to the Oklahoma State University website, Coleman “was a 2008 NCAA champion and four-time All-American at Oklahoma State. In addition to winning the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, he was undefeated in five matches at the 2012 Freestyle World Cup, finished third at the World Team Trials the last three years and was a 2008 U.S. Open runner-up.” To cap off his impressive performance, Coleman won the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games. He hopes to be back wrestling for the USA in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The question is whether or not he will get another chance in 2016 at the Rio Olympics? Sadly, things are a bit in flux in the actual sport. According to Wikipedia, due to the burgeoning costs of putting on the Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has deemed that “core sports” would continue indefinitely in future Olympics, but “non-core” sports would be selected for inclusion on an Olympic game-by-game basis. Unfortunately earlier this year the IOC voted to make wrestling a “non-core” sport. We hope for Coleman’s sake, and the sake of budding US Olympic wrestlers everywhere, that the IOC reconsiders its decision.
In case this happens, we plan to cheer on Coleman in style, and what better way than with today’s remarkable find, this t-shirt signed by Coleman Scott, #BeInspired campaign T-Shirt shirt signed:
The seller, cradlegear13, has teamed up with the athletes participating in the #BeInspired campaign to sell these signed t-shirts. Unfortunately, the listing doesn’t give us a whole lot of information about the shirts – your best bet is to contact the seller to find out more!
As part of the #BeInspired campaign with eBay, Coleman has decided to choose the Oklahoma City Warriors club, run by Tyler Williams. On their mission statement, the OKC Youth Wrestling Foundation notes that they exists to build relationships between at-risk youth and caring role models through the sport of wrestling. Through the relationships built, we seek to influence each child’s behavior by teaching and modeling positive character.
Take a look at this great video of Coleman, as he tells his remarkable story in his own words:
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