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Gadson’s dream delayed due to Olympic postponement

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Kyven Gadson

ANKENY (KWWL) -- Kyven Gadson's dream isn't gone, it just has to wait a year.

Gadson's sights were clearly set on the 2020 Olympic games, but not only qualifying as he aimed for the top.

"It's not just about making the team, it's also about winning a gold medal," said Gadson, "and so to put myself in that category, along with everybody that's sacrificed and invested in me, would be extremely special."

With the postponement of the Tokyo games until at least 2021, all he can do is put in more work.

"I think it just gives me more time to prepare," he said.

He's no stranger to work and preparation as that led to a pair of state championships at Waterloo East and then to a 2015 NCAA title at Iowa State. Most of that work came in the wrestling room, but the past few weeks it's been a bit closer to home.

"Every once in a while one of the guys comes over and we work on some skills and stuff in the basement," said Gadson of the current situation, "I call it the lab because that's where you get better and you experiment and try things out."

Now, he has even more time to try new things out as he gets set to compete, not just for himself, but for the friends and family who have helped him along the way giving him motivation in multiple ways.

"My daughter makes me little special bookmarks with Olympic rings on it."

Mark Woodley

Sports Anchor

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