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India's Superstar Wrestling Family

The incredible story of an Indian father who passed on his wrestling prowess to his children, and coached them to win medals at the highest level.

Geeta Phogat was the first Indian woman to win a gold medal for wrestling at the Commonwealth Games. A few years later she broke another record when she qualified for the London Olympics. Geeta's younger sisters and female cousins followed her lead. They have all been trained by Geeta's father, Mahavir, who used to be a wrestler himself. The extraordinary story of the Phogat family was turned into a movie, Dangal, which is the highest grossing Bollywood film of all time.

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Image: Indian wrestler Geeta Phogat
Credit: RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images

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