Rulon Gardner Speaker Profile
Olympic Gold Medalist for the Wrestling
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Rulon Gardner Biography
Rulon Gardner was born August 16, 1971 and is an American Olympian who competed in the 2000 Olympic games, winning the gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling upon defeating Russian Aleksandr Karelin, who was previously undefeated in 13 years of international competition. Gardner was also a contestant on the 11th season of the Biggest Loser.
Gardner is well known for his defeat of Alexander Karelin (Aleksandr) in the 2000 Summer Olympics. Karelin had been undefeated for 13 years, and had not given up a point in six years, prior to his loss in the gold medal match to Gardner.
In 2001, Gardner added a world championship to his list of accomplishments with a victory in the finals over Mihaly Deak-Bardos of Hungary. His win made him the only American to ever win both a World and Olympic title in Greco-Roman wrestling.
After the 2000 Olympics he suffered a series of injuries from both a snowmobiling and motorcycle accident. These injuries included an amputated toe and a dislocated wrist, but he still went on to win the U.S. Olympic trials for his weight class and then to compete in the 2004 Summer Olympics. He was not able to repeat his 2000 performance, coming away with the Bronze medal, and after his match, he placed his shoes in the middle of the mat as is a symbol of retirement from competitive wrestling.
Gardner fighting fellow Olympian Hidehiko Yoshida (gold-medalist in Judo) in mixed martial arts competition. Gardner competed once in mixed martial arts and in 2005 he became the host for a professional wrestling league called Real Pro Wrestling.
Gardner served as an analyst for NBC Sports coverage of Wrestling at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
In April 2011 it was reported by USA Today that Gardner was considering a comeback for the 2012 Olympics.
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Posted on 19 March 2013 | 11:59 pm
Olympic wrestling champ Rulon Gardner made an appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" last night to talk about the International Olympic Committee’s executive board recommendation to remove wrestling from the Olympic games starting in 2020 as well as to discuss what the wrestling community is doing to fight this decision. Leno was obviously not pleased with the decision...[Read More]
Posted on 23 October 2012 | 5:38 pm
Olympic Gold and Bronze Medalist wrestler Rulon Gardner will give a speech on "never giving up" at the University of Dubuque in Iowa on November 8 at 7:00 p.m. The impressive Olympian defeated three-time Gold Medalist Alexander Karelin of Russia in overtime at the 2000 Sydney Games to capture a gold medal. Making his feat especially extraordinary was that Karelin had not lost in...[Read More]
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