Check this out. Quite a weight disparity, and the smaller guy pulls it off really well. Terrifying.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n79wBw_LJ9Y&eurl=
From this link some background:http://www.win-magazine.com/Archives/v11%20archives/v11i9%20stuff/christaylorthrow.html
"It is without question the most talked about photograph in wrestling history.
It has become wrestling’s version of the shot heard round the world. No scene looms larger than the one where super heavyweight Chris Taylor is being launched through the air in one of the most spectacular and awe-inspiring throws ever.
“I was just over in Germany visiting my daughter and I ran into some wrestling fans and all they wanted to talk about was Chris Taylor getting thrown,” said 1972 Olympic silver medalist John Peterson. “One guy said he was six years old when the Olympics were going on and the only thing he remembers is Chris Taylor’s match.”
The chances of someone bringing up the Chris Taylor throw at a wrestling tournament or function are about as good as the song “Celebration” being played at a wedding reception. The difference being that we can count on the same rendition of the song from Kool and the Gang, but the same cannot be said for the Chris Taylor story. It is a tale that has been butchered and battered to a pulp over years of passing along incorrect information.
Like all legends, the core information usually remains intact. However, some interpretations of the story are outright hilarious. I recently heard a version that had Chris Taylor landing on top of his brave foe which in turn broke his opponent’s neck and left him paralyzed for life. Another erroneous account had Taylor falling on top of his undersized adversary, killing him instantly.
While the above examples are cases of a good story turned bad, I am not blameless for embellishing this almost mythical, yet true, story from time-to-time. Maybe I’ve added 20 extra pounds to make Taylor heavier than he really was so the story sounded a touch more entertaining to a captive audience. Perhaps I’ve embellish the throw or added a little polish to minor details to make the story more amusing. Regardless, facts have been twisted and I, along with the entire wrestling community, need to be held accountable.
Most people have a vague idea of what happened, but since so few people were actually there pieces of the story have to be made up. The following is an account using information from those who witnessed the throw broken down into specific categories where the story often falls apart.
The throw occurred at the 1972 Olympics during the Greco-Roman portion of the Games. Chris Taylor represented the United States at super heavyweight in both the Greco-Roman and freestyle competitions.
This is traditionally an area of confusion. The match pitted Chris Taylor against Wilfred Dietrich of West Germany, not Alexander Medved of the Soviet Union. Taylor and Medved did meet during the first round of the freestyle competition with Medved winning a controversial decision. Medved won the gold medal with Taylor taking the bronze.
Taylor and Dietrich wrestled twice during the 1972 Olympics. Taylor defeated Dietrich by decision during the freestyle competition. The match that featured the throw occurred several days later when the two faced off for the second time during the Greco-Roman portion of the Games, with Dietrich winning by fall.
When Chris Taylor went to the Olympics in 1972, he had recently won his first NCAA title for Iowa State. In 1973, Taylor won his second title by pinning his way through the NCAA tournament. The former Cyclone star also made the 1970 Greco-Roman team but did not medal. Taylor was 22 at the 1972 Olympics.
Dietrich was a star in his own right. If you mention wrestling in Germany, Dietrich’s name will surely come up. So famous is Dietrich that there are wrestling shirts for sale in Germany that feature his famous throw. Dietrich holds the world record for the most medals won in modern Olympic wrestling competition at five. Wrestling at five different Olympics, Dietrich won a gold medal in freestyle in 1960. Dietrich was 38 when he wrestled during the 1972 Olympics.
In the 1996 edition of “The Complete Book of the Summer Olympics,” Taylor is listed as the heaviest competitor in Olympic history at 412 pounds. This weight did fluctuate during Taylor’s amateur wrestling career. Assistant freestyle coach Jim Peckham claims they got Taylor down to 390 during training camp while Dan Gable has seen Taylor weigh in at 450.
Although he wasn’t as big as Taylor, Dietrich was large in stature as well. At one point, I was under the assumption that the West German was half the size of Taylor. My version of the story had him weighing around 220 pounds.
“Dietrich weighed about 287 at the ’72 Olympics which was bigger than he had weighed in previous Olympics and World Championships,” said Wayne Baughman, a member of the 1964, ’68 and ’72 Olympic teams. “He had a belly on him but it wasn’t a soft belly. He was solid throughout.”
The most famous and talked about part of this story is when Dietrich supposedly came up to give Taylor a hug to check if he could lock his hands around him to see if the throw was conceivable. Some accounts have Dietrich testing Taylor out in the United States during a wrestling tour, while others have the scene taking place at the Olympic Village or at the weigh-ins during the Olympics.
Finding the truth in this Taylor-hugging meeting would be difficult at best. I tracked down six members of the 1972 Olympic team, attempting to clear things up. But in the process, the picture became less clear. After hours of phone calls, I was ready to buy into the theory of J Robinson, the 180.5-pound Greco teammate in 1972 and current University of Minnesota coach, that the story was pure conjecture and that this great moment in sport was just a fraud.
Everyone I talked to kept referring me to the person they heard the story from so I was beginning to wonder if the whole thing was just made up.
“It doesn’t matter where it took place,” Dan Gable told me. “All you need to know is that Dietrich locked his arms around Taylor to see if he could get his arms around him for the throw.”
Sorry Dan, but that answer isn’t going to cut it. Like Babe Ruth calling his shot, I had to know if there was any truth behind this legend. Finally, after being kicked around like a soccer ball, I was referred to someone who could make sense of all this madness.
“I was about four feet away when it happened,” said Jim Peckham, assistant coach of the freestyle team. “It was about five to ten minutes before their match (Peckham wasn’t sure if it was the Greco-Roman match or the freestyle match) and Dietrich came up to Chris and said ‘Chris, it’s so good to see you.’ Instead of a handshake, he gave him a big hug. I tried to step in to stop it but was too late. I think he was doing it to see if he could get his arms around Chris to attempt a throw. Keep in mind, the match was in Germany and this was Dietrich’s home mat, so he was trying to gain every advantage possible.”
So was Dietrich trying to gain an advantage by giving Chris Taylor a hug? I hope so. It makes the story a lot more entertaining.
I am dumbfounded at how many people in the wrestling world will refer to the move that Dietrich hit Taylor with as a soufflé. The word that should be used is souplay (hence the word suplex), which has several different spelling variations. To demonstrate the ridiculousness of using the word soufflé as a wrestling throw, the following definition is taken directly from Webster’s New World Dictionary:
“Any of several baked foods, as a dish prepared with white sauce and egg yolks and some additional ingredient, as cheese, made light and puffy by beaten egg whites added before baking.” I have to laugh every time someone looks at the poster featuring the throw and starts talking about how Taylor got souffléd. This is not only incorrect, but it’s a little disturbing. Actually, the throw is considered a salt-o rather than a souplay.
Alan Rice, 1972 Olympic Greco-Roman head coach:
“I can tell you exactly what happened because I was four feet from it. Dietrich has this throw but he couldn’t reach his arms all the way around Chris but he got around there and he went to his own back and that was the days of the touch fall. Dietrich went straight back and he was pinned, he pinned himself. Then he rolled Chris over and got Chris on his back and the referee called the fall. It was a great injustice because Dietrich did pin himself.
“(Dietrich) could not lock his hands around Chris. He could get his fingers touching but just barely, not enough to grip his fingers at all. He was very much well-known for that throw. I don’t think Chris was too worried about the throw because he knew if he went belly to belly that (Dietrich) would go to his back and pin himself. He did but the referees flat out did not call it. He was on his back for no longer than one second but they did have the touch fall rule in place so (Dietrich) was pinned.
Wayne Baughman, 198-pound member of the 1972 Olympic Greco-Roman team:
“I went up to Chris before the match with Dietrich and said, ‘You can’t let him control the double underhook. This guy can throw and he knows that he can’t beat you the whole match. At some point he’s going to have to throw you. You have to control the underhook on one side.’
“Dietrich was working for a double underhook the entire match. After the first period had ended I began yelling as hard as I can that he’s looking for the double underhook and he’s going to try and throw you. He looked directly at me and nodded yes.
“Chris went right out there in the second period and puts in the double overhooks and that’s when Dietrich hit a perfect front souplay. When Dietrich hit the mat I couldn’t see him. He must have sunk about a foot into the mat. He was smashed flat in the mat. Dietrich did not hold a bridge but he did have enough momentum to carry him through to his right side and he stepped over onto Chris and got the fall.
“Five minutes later I went back to the locker room and Taylor was there by himself slouched over on a training table swinging his legs like a little kid. He looked up at me and shook his head and said, ‘I didn’t believe there was a human alive that could physically pick me off the mat and throw me but I was wrong.”
Wilfried Dietrich was born Oct. 14, 1933 and died of a heart attack June 3, 1992 at the age of 58 in Durbanville, South Africa. He is buried in his hometown of Schifferstadt in Germany.
Chris Taylor was born on June 13, 1950 and died in his sleep, June 30, 1979, at the age of 29 in Story City, Ia.
“The only thing Chris was upset about is that he let the whole thing happen,” said Lynne Lawrence, Taylor’s widow. “He always used to joke that everyone could see his bald spot in the picture.”