LEE KEMP known as one of the greatest wrestlers in United States history, was a three-time Gold Medalist in the World Championships, a four-time Gold Medalist in the World Cup of Wrestling, a two-time Gold Medalist in the Pan American Games, a seven-time national champion, and was named the United States Wrestling Federation “Man of the Year” in 1978. He was inducted to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1989.
28 years after the 1980 Boycott where Lee was a favorite to win the Gold he got a chance to fulfill Olympic dreams by being selected to coach the 2008 Olympic Wrestling Team http://www.news.wisc.edu/15432
Lee Kemp was among seven wrestling legends inducted into FILA International Wrestling Hall of Fame – one of only five Americans inducted to date – in a ceremony during the Beijing Games. http://wrestling.teamusa.org/news/article/2043
He has been featured three times in Sports Illustrated Magazine (February 1977, April 1982, May 1982). Life Magazine featured Kemp in their “1984 Olympic Preview” issue along with Michael Jordan, Carl Lewis, Edwin Moses and Greg Louganis.
Lee Kemp was born and spent his early youth in Cleveland, Ohio and later moved to Chardon, a farming community 30 miles northeast of Cleveland, where he was a 2-time Ohio state champion finishing his junior and senior years with an undefeated record of 55-0-0, with 24 pins.
Kemp attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison on a full athletic scholarship winning three NCAA titles at 158 pounds and placing 2nd as a true freshman losing on a split referee’s decision in overtime. After his freshman year Lee Kemp didn’t lose another collegiate bout posting 108 victories and one draw against collegiate competition that included a win over the legendary Dan Gable http://www.leekemp.com/PDFs/Inside_wis_sports_article.pdf . Kemp earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Wisconsin in 1979, and an M.B.A. in 1983. Kemp was inducted into University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991. Additionally, following his lifelong dedication to nutrition, health & wellness, Lee has earned a Nutritional Consultant Certification from the Global College of Natural Medicine in November 2009, and consults both athletes and non-athletes on diet, weight loss, nutrition and other health related issues and concerns.
Lee Kemp has held marketing management positions for several New York fortune 500 companies including working for a major Chicago based Advertising Agency. Lee has owned and successfully operated a Ford automobile dealership for 14 years and is an accomplished keynote motivational speaker including currently working as a “color commentator” for the Big Ten Network. Lee Kemp continues to follow his love for wrestling by coaching and mentoring wrestlers of all ages and skill levels at camps, clinics and competitions locally, nationally and internationally.
Lee Kemp, currently is the co-founder of FORZA by Kemp, a nutritional company, to address the nutritional needs of wrestlers and athletes. “Through FORZA I am combining two of my greatest loves; wrestling and nutrition, and my dream is to enhance and totally transform the way wrestlers and other athletes manage their nutrition.” FORZA by Kemp is official partner of USA Wrestling and its national teams.
Lee’s most recent honor was on November 20th, 2009 when he was inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame, along with past inductee greats; Vince Lombardi, Hank Aaron & Bart Starr. To date Lee Kemp has been inducted into six athletic and achievement Halls of Fame. Also Lee Kemp is currently the subject of a film documentary on his life scheduled for completion in July 2013 and Lee has been cast in a minor role in the upcoming Bennet Miller movie “Foxcatcher” featuring Channing Tatum and Steve Carell also scheduled for release in July 2013.
2009 Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame inductees in a class by themselves http://host.madison.com/sports/columnists/andy_baggot/article_5f06ca0e-d336-11de-8045-001cc4c002e0.html
2009 Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame Video Introduction http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_2BRKRiEeo
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