Sunday October 28, 2012

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) -- Funeral services are set for Jeff Blatnick, who overcame cancer to win a gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling at the 1984 Summer Olympics.

Blatnick died Wednesday of heart failure at the age of 55.

Calling hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Glenville Funeral Home in Glenville, N.Y., and a funeral mass is set for 10 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Grace Church in Ballston Lake.

Blatnick qualified for the U.S. Olympic team and was a member of the 1980 squad that didn't compete because the U.S. boycotted that year's games in Moscow.

In 1982, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. He was treated and the disease went into remission before he won the gold as a super heavyweight in Los Angeles in 1984.


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