Funeral services for Olympic champion Jeff Blatnick set for Monday

Posted at: 10/28/2012 10:46 AM
Updated at: 10/29/2012 12:15 AM
By: Cadence Acquaviva

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 in 1980 but never competed that year after 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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