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Transcript of interview of Olympic gold medalist Brandon Slay by Matt Lauer of NBC News'



Lauer: Brandon Slay, good morning and congratulations. Slay: Thank you very much, thank you. Lauer: How did you find out that this was about to happen? Slay: Well, approximately two weeks after, we heard that one of the freestyle gold medalists in wrestling had tested positive. So at first, it was like, wow, I have a 1/8 chance to win a gold medal, and the United States has a 25% chance because we have another silver medalist. So I was just kind of in that holding pattern for awhile. And then, about, I guess, another week and a half after that, they decided it was factual that I was the 2000 Olympic gold medalist. My agent John Rizzuti called me on the phone at about 5 a.m. and he said, hey, man, you're the gold medalist. Lauer: What was your reaction? Slay: At first, because I had been waiting a little bit, it was relief, and, then, it was, I had piece of mind knowing my ultimate athletic dream had been accomplished. Lauer: Who was the first person you called? Slay: I think I called my father, and then I called my grandmother, and then I was at my mother's house, so my family at about 5:15 a.m., they got to enjoy the moment with me. Lauer: Take me back to the final match against the German. He won 4-0, but he was given a lot of points because of penalties. How disappointed were you at the end of that match? Slay: After it was over, I was initially frustrated, empty, disgusted, angry, but it's one of those things you have to learn in life sometimes. Things happen that we have no control over, or you can be angry about them for a year, or you can decide to say, hey, it's time to move on and learn from it. Lauer: You haven't gotten your medal yet. You will do that in just a second. Do you think the feeling will be as strong, knowing that it's come about because of disqualification, as if you had just won that match? Slay: No, no. This medal is not tainted at all. I think it has opened up a wonderful forum for children to learn that if you break the rules, you break the law and you take drugs, not only can you lose your life, as many people do every day, but you can lose your lifelong dream, of becoming an Olympic champion, like the German did. Lauer: Any last minute thoughts before you're presented with your gold medal? Slay: I'm excited to put some closure to my Olympic experience. Lauer: Why don't you go over there and take your place for the ceremony and we'll get ready to begin.
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