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Nicole Woody of Odenton, Md., a 2006 Junior World champion in women's wrestling, was featured with a full-page photo on page 8 of the December 15 issue of Sports Illustrated.

This special edition was entitled "50 Years of Faces in the Crowd." The entire issue focused on what SI calls its "most enduring feature."

Woody is shown tripping a male opponent for a takedown finish in a photo by Simon Bruty.

The Faces In the Crowd feature concerning Woody said this:

"Nicole, a junior at Arundel High, won the junior world championship in women's freestyle wrestling in Guatemala City after beating Diana Piza of Ecuador, 4-0, 3-2 in the title bout at the 97-pound class. In July, she won her third straight title at the junior women's national championship and was named the meet's Outstanding Wrestler."

Wrestling is also mentioned in a state-by-state section on pages 46-47. The segment is concerning Oklahoma and says:

"Oklahoma State has won 34 national team wrestling titles, and the state had 20 wrestlers in FACES, fifth most behind Pennsylvania (49), Michigan (32), Ohio (26) and California (30)."

The photo shown is of 1960 Olympic champion Terry McCann, who was training in Tulsa when he was chosen for FACES. (Ironically, McCann attended Iowa in college).

Wrestling has been one of the most prominent sports in the FACES feature during the 50 years, No. 9 among all sports that were included in this program.

The top 10 sports of all time in Sports Illustrated's Faces In the Crowd are:
1. Track and Field, 1,980
2. Basketball, 1,124
3. Golf, 1,016
4. Football, 991
5. Baseball, 962
6. Swimming, 874
7. Tennis, 840
8. Soccer, 631
9. Wrestling, 514
10. Bowling, 441

A total of 233 sports have been represented, including many "pastimes such as Beer Barrel Throwing, Marble Shooting and Swamp Buggying."
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