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[ 16 Sep 2011 | 6 Comments ]
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Twenty four hours into my return trip to Mongolia and there is already plenty to report; including a new wrestling video, updates from the Guinness World Record tournament and some surprising news from the World Championships in Turkey. All that and a weather update from the coldest capital city in the world.
The Mongolian national team is in Turkey right now, leaving me without many of my closest in-country contacts. Tomorrow is the start of Mongolia’s record-breaking 4096 man wrestling tournament …

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[ 21 Jul 2011 | One Comment ]

He’s a 21-year-old Mongolian Monster but my friends had traveled across the world to ride motorcycles on the steppe and watch me wrestle enormous Mongolian strangers – who was I to ruin their vacation?
Nasanbatar was our best friend forever (read: for the afternoon). He’d become the assistant to our guide Jargal (Ja-Ga) after we’d stopped the Fergen van and asked him for directions to a town some 130km north of Tsetserleg. Like most Mongolian interactions Nasanbatar immediately offered all types …

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[ 25 Jun 2011 | One Comment ]
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He went a tournament best 4-1 in five matches at Saturday’s Mongolian World Team Trials, but Turtogtokh Luvsandorj still isn’t certain he’ll be representing his home country at September’s World Championships in Turkey. The Citadel junior who will wrestle¬†165 lbs. 174 lbs. in 2011, competed up at 84kg while only weighing in at 80kg. Turtogtokh has been my primary connection inside Mongolia.
Unlike the American World Team Trials the Mongolian tournament is not necessarily the final indicator of who will be …