Askren's long wait for shot on Olympic mat ends in tears

Updated: August 20, 2008, 2:59 PM ET
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

BEIJING -- The hair is unbearably short now. It is curly and cropped close to his cauliflower ears, the victim of a scissor-happy barber in Beijing. The woman wouldn't stop cutting. Before Ben Askren knew it, 5 inches were on the floor.

This is how badly Askren wants to win a gold medal -- he shed his coveted locks, his trademark -- because the international guys like to pull on them when they wrestle.

"'Vision Quest' is a terrible, terrible movie," Askren says during ...

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