Oak Park Olympian Ellis Coleman's debut at the London games may have been short-lived after losing in the qualification round, but Coleman did manage to get one more moment on the world stage.
Coleman, a 2009 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School, appeared on NBC's Today Show on Wednesday morning to give hosts Matt Lauer and Al Roker a lesson in Greco-Roman wrestling. Lauer's biggest mistake during the lesson may have been asking an innocent question about Coleman's infamous nickname.
"Now you got this nickname, 'the flying squirrel.' How did you get that?" Lauer asked.
Without pause Coleman leaped onto Lauer and demonstrated the wrestling move that gave him his trademark nickname. A shocked Lauer quickly found himself being held upside by Coleman.
"Put me down, Ellis, put me down," Lauer pleaded. "Don't ever do that again. When I say, 'Why do they call you 'the flying squirrel,' you just tell me."
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