Beijing, China (Sports Network) - U.S. wrestler Mike Zadick will compete in the Olympics after all.
Zadick didn't qualify for the Summer Games in the 60kg freestyle category, but USA Wrestling made a formal request to the sport's international governing body to add him to the team when it was learned that the Bulgarian Wrestling Federation withdrew its entry from the Olympics at that weight division due to injury.
It was subsequently granted to include Zadick, a 2006 world silver medalist.
"It's been a lifelong dream of mine to wrestle in the Olympic Games. I never stopped believing it would happen. I want to thank USA Wrestling and (USA Wrestling Executive Director) Rich Bender for making this happen. I'm looking forward to having an opportunity to wrestle in the Olympics and bringing home a gold medal."
Zadick will wrestle on Tuesday.
08/17 13:26:08 ET