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GUANGZHOU, CHINA - Stan Dziedzic of Roswell, Ga. has been elected as a member of the FILA Bureau, the governing council of FILA, the international wrestling federation, during elections held at the FILA Congress here.

Dziedzic was nominated by USA Wrestling for the position. He most recently served two terms as USA Wrestling's president and is currently the past president on USA Wrestling's Board of Directors.

Dziedzic was among six international leaders who were elected to positions on the FILA Bureau for a six-year term.

Also elected were Ms. Natasha Yariguina of Russia, Mr. Gustavo Rolle of Cuba, Mr. Daulet Turlykhanov of Kazakhstan, Mr. Kim Ik Jong of Korea and Mr. Nenad Lalovic of Serbia.

"I hope I can make a significant contribution," said Dziedzic. "That is my motivation. This is very complex. There is a diversity of cultures which play a big role in gaining consensus on issues that affect the sport. I look forward to be able to market our sport and educate everyone to the value wrestling has in a large part of the world. In many countries, this is their attachment to the Olympic movement. We need to make the International Olympic Committee understand the importance of wrestling around the world."

"The life lessons I learned in wrestling has played a huge role in my success," said Dziedzic. "I am happy to give back to the sport. As long as I feel I am contributing, I am pleased to serve."

Dziedzic won a bronze medal at the 1976 Olympic Games at 163 pounds in freestyle wrestling in Montreal, Canada. He was a World champion in 1977 in Lausanne, Switzerland. He placed fifth in the 1974 World Championships. He won two World Cup titles and four national freestyle titles during his career.

Dziedzic was a 1971 NCAA champion for Slippery Rock Univ. and also won three small college national titles there. He is a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and has been inducted into the Div. II Wrestling Hall of Fame.

He served as national freestyle coach for the United States in the early 1980's and was team manager of the 1984 U.S. Olympic team.

In his four years as USA Wrestling president, the organization strengthened its position within international wrestling and has assisted in strengthening wrestling within the Olympic community. He served as an executive with Lehman Bros. in Atlanta, Ga. before retiring.
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