Yet another reason why IMO wrestling is the most demanding Olympic sport. Dudes win a gold one Olympiad and fail to qualify or medal constantly. Karam Gaber was one of the best Greco guys I've ever seen and dominated 2004 yet didn't even qualify for the quarters in 2008. Makes Karelin that much more impressive.
It breaks my heart, I really wanted him to win. And he became very emotional saying how he and his wife sacrificed so much these last 4 years. Missing a lot of those special moments with his children because he was always away training.