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20 QUESTIONS WITH... Joe Betterman


Joe Betterman is one of the top young Greco-Roman wrestlers in the United States. Betterman, a native of Chicago, was a member of the 2007


U.S. squad that won the team title at the World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. It was the only World team title the U.S. has ever won in Greco-Roman wrestling. Betterman won the U.S. World Team Trials in June in Oklahoma City to make his second World Team at 60 kg/132 lbs.


Betterman downed two-time World Team member Jeremiah


Davis in the best-of-3 final-round series to earn his second trip to the World Championships. Betterman will compete for the U.S. at September’s World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. Betterman is one of four wrestlers from the 2007 World Team


to make this year’s World Team in Greco. Betterman took time out of his busy schedule to answer 20


Questions for USA Wrestler: 1. Favorite movie? Transformers 2. Favorite TV show? South Park 3. What kind of music do you listen to in your iPod before


you compete? I usually don't listen to music before I compete but when I do


it's usually Eminem or Linkin Park. 4. Favorite food when not watching your weight? Chicago Pizza Puffs 5. Favorite sport other than wrestling? I like to play basketball with my family for fun. 6. Favorite athlete to watch in another sport? Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher 7. Favorite wrestler and why? Deanna Rix, because she's going to mother my children one


day. 8. Best piece of advice you've received? "Be at peace, man." - Momir Petkovic, U.S. Assistant National


Coach 9. What kind of advice would you give a younger wrestler


who is just taking up the sport? I would tell them to always have fun while wrestling. 10. Best moment as a wrestler so far? Being on the 2007 World championship team. 11. Name three people you would love to invite to dinner? My fiancée, Deanna Rix, and friends Andy and Ashley Bisek. 12. What is one thing you are afraid of? Onions 13. How did you become involved in wrestling? I started wrestling my freshman year in high school because


my friends were joining the team. 14. What did it mean to make your second World Team? It meant a lot to me to be able to get back on top and get a chance to qualify my weight this year for the Olympics.


Joe Betterman has made his second World Team in Greco- Roman wrestling. Betterman was a member of the 2007 U.S. squad that won the only World team title in American history. Larry Slater photo.


15. What is one thing about you most people don’t know? I'm a big nerd and love playing video games. 16. Any idea of what you will do after your competitive


career is over? Most likely coach and maybe move to the East Coast and


become a deep sea fisherman. 17. What do you do to pass the time during a long road


trip?


Play video games 18. Coolest place you've traveled to and why? I love all the places I've traveled, but if I had to pick one it


would be Sweden because they have the world’s largest sauna and it's a beautiful place. 19. What would it mean to make the 2012 Olympic Team? Making the 2012 team would mean that I would be one step


closer to my goal of winning two Olympic gold medals. 20. Funniest guy on the team and why? Spenser Mango, just because he keeps it real.


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