'Flying Squirrel' embraces his notoriety
Thu, 26 Jul 2012 9:07a.m.
US Greco-Roman wrestler Ellis Coleman has become known as the "Flying Squirrel" for his unusual signature move of the same name.
When faced with a deficit late in a match, Coleman will often do a standing flip over his opponent's head and grab his waist on the way down.
The move has earned Coleman plenty of fame through YouTube clips of him using it at the 2011 Junior World Championships.
Instead of trying to move past the notoriety garnered for a trick move, Coleman has embracing the "Flying Squirrel" moniker so much that he even went out and bought a real flying squirrel to keep as a pet.
Coleman found the squirrel, which he named "Rocky", at a mall near the US Olympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs. All told, Coleman figures Rocky has cost him about US$500.
"I keep him in a cage. He just hops around," Coleman said. "He sleeps every day so it's pretty easy."
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