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Ellis Coleman, U.S. Olympic Wrestler

Photograph By Dustin Snipes for ESPN The Magazine

The Flying Squirrel

"When I was a freshman in high school, my older brother and I would make up wwe-inspired moves. One time he did a takedown by catapulting his body over my head, and on the way down he wrapped his arms around my torso and threw me on the mat. And the Flying Squirrel was born. Still, I didn't use it until after high school. In my first senior tournament, in 2009, I was losing my match and needed to change something to win. the Flying squirrel worked, but I didn't get any points because the refs had never seen the move before. From then on, it became my desperation move. Except now my opponents are prepared for it, so my coaches want me to start doing it when i'm leading. It's such a risky move, though. If I don't land it, my opponent will fall on top of me and knock my wind out. I never even practice it; I only hit it in matches." as told to Matt McCue