Iran, US Show Diplomatic Triumph in Wrestling Exposition

Americans and Iranians share same sporting stage, Iranian team mysteriously leaves early.
2:16 | 05/19/13

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end syria's civil war, vowing he would never step down. To a very rare moment, athletes from iran coming to new york city to compete. During our recent reporting from inside iran we were told the iranians had been invited to the u.S. But no one could tell us if both governments would allow it to happen. Reporter: Our recent trip to iran and that rare access to the streets. You might remember we were there when we heard of something extraordinarily rare, iran and america sharing the same stage. After several requests we were allowed in. At first not all of us. The guard telling us our female producer couldn't go in. She can not come? No. We kept asking and they finally allowed her in, one of the only women in this entire arena where american wrestlers were invited to share the same stage as the iranians. In the corner jordan burrows. He beat iran for the gold. Even still when his name was called there -- chanting his name. Soon after, the iranian president waving to the crowd watching the iranians and the americans on the map. And that nod from the president when he noticed our crew from america. At the time we had been told these wrestlers from iran had been invited to come here. This week they came to new york's grand central station, the first u.S. Appearance by the iranian wrestling team in a decade. As the iranian coach celebrates a victory in that moment, the american coach marking a diplomatic plan. Any time you can use wrestling as the bridge to bring countries like iran and the u.S. Together, it's great. Reporter: That american wrestler jordan was right there. It's a mutual respect between us and iranian wrestlers. Reporter: His message reminding us of a photo and a tweet asking who says iran and america don't get along. Reporter: That team now heading home, their trip shorter than expected. The iranians beat the americans in new york and were to compete again in l.A. The trip cut short, some speculating it was pressure back home behind their early return proving did diplomacy even on the mat comes with mystery.

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