Smith in training for Vancouver in 2010

Thursday, May 26th, 2005 - 11:51 pm PDT

The Winter Olympic games in Vancouver are five years off, but Rev. Smith began his training this week, hoping to be one of the athletes who will compete in that games’ non-medal demonstration sport of polar bear wrestling. “Polar Wrestling has a long and storied history,” explained Smith as he prepared to grapple with robotic training device. “The Yup’ik people of the Canadian arctic have been sparring against polar bears for thousands of years,” said Smith. “I guess you could say that this is a sport that’s in my blood. I’m one-sixteenth polar bear.”