John Feinstein remembers Jeff Blatnick's story – New York News

Gold-medal wrestler and hometown Niskayuna hero Jeff Blatnick was fondly remembered by sportswriter John Feinstein in a dramatic tale of Olympic glory.

“I’ve seen some amazing things, some extraordinary upsets and dramatic moments. I still get chills thinking about a lot of them,” Feinstein wrote in an article for CBS Sports Radio in 2016. “There’s one though, that stands out above all the others. My guess is that very few people will even remember this story. It was at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Jeff Blatnick was an American Greco-Roman wrestler. In 1982, he had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and had to have both his spleen and appendix removed. He recovered and began wrestling again.”

Feinstein was there the night Blatnick won his gold medal, and Feinstein got an exclusive interview. 

Read all about it at CBS Sports Radio.

Jeff Blatnick died in 2012 of heart failure at age 55, after beating Hodgkin’s lymphoma twice in his lifetime. His daughter, Nikki, recently graduated from Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School.


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