In 1977, after his senior year in college, Chris Campbell made his first World team at the age of 23. In 1980 he made his first Olympic team but was unable to compete because of the United States’ boycott of the the Games. The following year Campbell won a gold medal at the World Championships.
After a layoff of nearly 10 years, Campbell made a comeback in 1990 at the age of 35. At the World Championships that year he won a silver medal. The following year he placed fifth at the World’s despite notching a victory over the eventual champion. In 1992 Campbell made his second Olympic team and earned a bronze medal at 198 pounds.
While wrestling for the University of Iowa Campbell was a three-time All-American and a two-time NCAA champion, winning titles in 1976 & ’77. His career record of 122-6-3 ranks sixth on Iowa’s all-time career winning percentage list.
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Chris Campbell was 37 years old when he won his bronze medal at the 1992 Olympics.