John Smith’s international superstardom in wrestling began in 1987 when he won his first world championship title in Freestyle wrestling. In the following year, it was clear that John Smith would continue to be challenged when he needed to beat the American defending Olympic champion from 1984 just to represent the United States at the world championships. Sure enough, he rose to the occasion and went on to represent the United States at the world championships where he won his Olympic Gold medal.
After this victory, Adidas signed a shoe contract with John Smith. Just as you’d expect from any Olympic gold medal, money and opportunities followed. All seemed to be progressing nicely and comfortably until he entered a tournament in Cuba four months later and lost. This led to some drastic changes in his life. [Read more…] about Doing More With Less: Lessons Learned From 2X Olympic Gold Medalist John Smith