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By Jenni Carlson Modified: August 16, 2008 at 12:57 am •  Published: August 16, 2008
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Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier will vie to be the best in the world next week. The former Oklahoma State standout can already lay claim to being the best in at least one area. Then again, as he revealed before leaving for Beijing, he isn't the greatest in every sport.

Jenni Carlson: I read somewhere that you've been dubbed the greatest wrestler in Louisiana history.

Daniel Cormier: It's good to be called the greatest in anything, especially with all the great athletes that they have down there. But not many people wrestle. If you say John Smith is the greatest wrestler in Oklahoma history, now that's big. It means a lot for me, because it's my home state, but the sport's not that big down there. It's not like being the best football player from down there or best baseball player.

JC: Didn't you sort of stumble into wrestling? Something about mattresses in the backyard?

DC: We were huge WWF fans. When I was invited to go and try out by the high school coach, I really thought I was going to be doing what I was doing (in the backyard).

JC: You thought there'd be chairs over the head and guys bouncing off ropes?

DC: I really did. I really did believe I was going to do the WWF thing. Looking back, it's kind of insane ... but I went in there and saw the guys wrestling and said, "What in the world is this?” Then, they gave us our uniforms, and I said, "Look at this.” But it was fun.

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