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U.S. Greco fails to medal in entered Olympics for the first time since 1976
Justin Lester, the two-time World bronze medalist, was the United States’ final hope for an Olympic medal on Tuesday. Unfortunately, the 145.5-pounder, given a second chance at winning a bronze, failed to place; marking the first time that an American team left an Olympics without a medal since 1976.
The United States actually began a 28-year run of collecting Olympic medals in 1984, but did not have a chance to compete in the 1980 Olympics in Moscow because of the U.S. boycott that summer.
The following is a list of all American Olympic medal winners since 1984:
1984 —Steve Fraser (90k) and Jeff Blatnick (Hwt) – gold; Greg Gibson (100 k) – silver
1988 – Dennis Koslowski (100 k) – silver
1992 – Dennis Koslowski (100 k) – silver; Rodney Smith (68 k) – bronze
1996 – Brandon Paulson (52 k) – silver; Dennis Hall (57 k) – silver; Matt Ghaffari (Hwt) – silver
2000 – Rulon Gardner (Hwt) – gold; Jim Lindland (76 k) – silver; Garrett Lowney (97 k) – bronze
2004 – Rulon Gardner (Hwt) – bronze
2008 – Adam Wheeler (96 k) – bronze