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John Smith not Named to Olympic Hall of Fame

Another HOF Snub for the two time Olympic Champion

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In August, John Smith was announced as a finalist for the 2019 U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame class. Today the inductees were announced and the two-time Olympic Gold Medalist was not included.

There were a total of five Olympic athlete inductions for the class. They include:

  • Lisa Leslie, basketball
  • Natia Liukin, gymnastics
  • Misty May-Treanor, beach volleyball
  • Apolo Anton Ohno, short track speedskating¬†
  • Dara Torres, swimming

According to the US Olympic Committee:

The inductees were determined by a voting process that includes Olympians and Paralympians, members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic family, and an online vote open to fans. The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame was one of the first national sports halls of fame to include fan voting as part of its selection process, and this year, nearly 200,000 votes were cast at TeamUSA.org/vote.

John Smith, a six-time World/Olympic wrestling champion, is a member of numerous halls of fame, to include the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, among others.

Two glaring hall of fame omissions for the Oklahoma State head coach are the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, and now the US Olympic Hall of Fame.

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