Unilad Vyacheslav Oliynyk – who won gold for Ukraine in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics – managed to shrug off being pepper sprayed and battered by police batons as officers tried to restrain him in Kiev. Vyacheslav – who had been out and about celebrating his 50th birthday – showed that he hadn’t lost any of his skills in the past two decades. A short clip of the crazy exchange has emerged online showing the ex-wrestler arguing with police after he was pulled over. He then appears to shove one of the officers, who retaliates by firing pepper spray straight into his face. Ouch. That really pissed him off. So officers decided to go for a different tact, by weighing in with batons. Even though Vyacheslav can be seen bleeding heavily from his multiple wounds, it still doesn’t stop him, as he launches into the officers once again. Eventually it finally takes seven police officers to grapple Vyacheslav and pull him to the ground. But it’s still not over just yet, as he uses his wrestling skills to great effect by preventing them from leg locking him and putting handcuffs on. A female officer then comes over to calm him down and explain why they’ve arrested him, but he ‘politely’ replies: “Go fuck yourself.” Charming. Finally he appears to calm down when one of his friends comes over to tell him to go away quietly for the sake of his young son who is crying in the back of the car. In the aftermath, he told local media: “I admit I was partially guilty, I can’t tell you the whole thing. I’m partly guilty because I did not stop and I was ignoring the police. But I am not a criminal. As far as I can see there will be a court hearing and they will punish me somehow because they always do. However the fact that police let me go home on the same day shows I didn’t do anything that bad.”
This crazy video is going viral today, and it shows that it takes an entire Russian police force armed with batons and pepper spray, in order to take down a former Olympic gold medalist wrestler. Vyacheslav Oliynyk, who won a gold medal in wrestling representing Ukraine at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, was out celebrating his 50th birthday when he got into this wild altercation with police. Getting hit with batons and sprayed directly in the face with pepper spray just seemed to piss Vyacheslav Oliynyk off, as he continued to be uncooperative, and even threw a haymaker at one cop that could have been devastating if it connected. Eventually the police restrained Vyacheslav Oliynyk, which took seven police officers, but in the aftermath he admitted he was only partially to blame. While this video looks bad for Vyacheslav Oliynyk, you have to respect him for being an absolute savage after watching it, and it proves once again just how tough Olympic level wrestlers have to be to reach that level.