by Walt Johnson
The following article on World Class Athlete Program wrestler Faruk Sahin was submitted by
Tim Hipps, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command Public Affairs.
Sahin probably will represent more groups than any Team USA wrestler when he steps onto the mat at the 2009 World Wrestling Championships Sept. 21-27 in Herning, Denmark.
Along with the United States, where Sahin attained citizenship in 2004, he will represent the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program, based at Fort Carson.
A native of Ankara, Turkey, he will wrestle with skills developed as a two-time Turkish junior national champion before moving to Colorado Springs.
A former college professor, he said that he represents educators worldwide.
After undergoing back-to-back surgeries to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and his thumb, Sahin said he also represents comeback athletes of another variety.
Even more personally significant than representing his cultural heritage, Sahin will wrestle for his 5-month-old son.
And, quite naturally, Sahin, 33, will seek to fulfill his dream of winning a world championship.
“I am so happy just winning here at nationals,” he said after defeating defending national champion Mark Rial, of Gator Wrestling Club, to win the 145.5-pound Greco division of the 2009 U.S. National Wrestling Championships April 10 in Las Vegas. “It’s all about continuing to dream. I’m following my dream and I love it.”