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Title: Rulon Gardner is back on the mat, considering comeback in Greco-Roman wrestling
Post by: Drooke on April 28, 2011, 11:48:39 PM
In August 2004, after winning the second Olympic medal of his historic career in Greco-Roman wrestling, Rulon Gardner left his ASICS wrestling shoes in the center of the wrestling mat in Ano Liossia Olympic Hall in Athens, Greece. He walked away to the cheers of the crowd, retiring from the sport as an athlete. That is a lasting image many have of Rulon Gardner, the wrestler.

“I had committed eight years after my college career to international wrestling. Not knowing the outcome, I felt if I made one or two Olympic teams, my career would be fulfilled and then I would start pursuing my career as a teacher. I was willing to make that commitment. After winning the two Olympic medals, it was a natural transition to move on with my life,” said Gardner.

It is almost seven years later and Rulon’s life has changed considerably. He survived an airplane crash, worked as a public speaker and started a new health club business. He also allowed his health to decline as his weight blew up to over 470 pounds. Admittedly, Gardner struggled in finding the same level of success in daily life as he achieved as a focused Olympic athlete.

“There was not a set schedule. There is not one point where you are successful. In wrestling, you knew when you reached that level. You knew what you placed at the nationals, and what you placed at the World Team Trials. There was not the same accountability. I allowed myself to relax with my health and my weight became an issue. I did not have the structure and accountability in my life,” said Gardner.

It was during his induction ceremonies at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in June 2010 when Gardner realized that he had let things slip too far.

and the rest of the story from our friend at themat .... http://www.themat.com/section.php?section_id=3&page=showarticle&ArticleID=23527
Title: Re: Rulon Gardner is back on the mat, considering comeback in Greco-Roman wrestling
Post by: ViseGrip on April 29, 2011, 11:31:53 AM
Although I have serious doubts about his chances of making any Olympic team, its great to have him back on the mats and getting his weight under control  Even if he has no chance of making the team at age 39, his experience and expertise will be of huge benefit for the other 285lbers in the room.
Title: Re: Rulon Gardner is back on the mat, considering comeback in Greco-Roman wrestling
Post by: pipewrench on April 29, 2011, 01:24:49 PM
I'm disappointed he wussed out of that Loser show....but good for him for getting back on the mat.
Title: Re: Rulon Gardner is back on the mat, considering comeback in Greco-Roman wrestling
Post by: Cougar1 on April 29, 2011, 02:21:10 PM
I'm disappointed he wussed out of that Loser show....but good for him for getting back on the mat.

What did he do? I'm going to have to go down and check this out for myself.
Title: Re: Rulon Gardner is back on the mat, considering comeback in Greco-Roman wrestling
Post by: pipewrench on April 29, 2011, 02:36:37 PM
He was on Biggest Loser, and walked off the show (last week maybe?) when there were only like 6 people left. 

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705371476/Rulon-Gardner-walks-away-from-Biggest-Loser-citing-personal-reasons-eyes-return-to-competitive.html?s_cid=rss-15 (http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705371476/Rulon-Gardner-walks-away-from-Biggest-Loser-citing-personal-reasons-eyes-return-to-competitive.html?s_cid=rss-15)

and check out these pictures of him from week to week. 

http://www.sportsgeekery.com/2011/02/22/tracking-rulon-gardners-weight-loss-on-the-biggest-loser/ (http://www.sportsgeekery.com/2011/02/22/tracking-rulon-gardners-weight-loss-on-the-biggest-loser/)
Title: Re: Rulon Gardner is back on the mat, considering comeback in Greco-Roman wrestling
Post by: Rockhard on April 29, 2011, 03:02:55 PM
He literally shed a whole person off of him.
Title: Re: Rulon Gardner is back on the mat, considering comeback in Greco-Roman wrestling
Post by: Cougar1 on April 29, 2011, 03:04:14 PM
He needs some work on his titties.  :D
Title: Re: Rulon Gardner is back on the mat, considering comeback in Greco-Roman wrestling
Post by: pipewrench on April 29, 2011, 03:38:44 PM
Moobs.
Title: Re: Rulon Gardner is back on the mat, considering comeback in Greco-Roman wrestling
Post by: drmuscle on April 29, 2011, 11:52:43 PM
Byers and Rulon can't be to far apart in age.  However Byers is no slouch.
Title: Re: Rulon Gardner is back on the mat, considering comeback in Greco-Roman wrestling
Post by: AKIN on April 29, 2011, 11:57:55 PM
I don't think Rulon can hang with Byers at all.
Title: Re: Rulon Gardner is back on the mat, considering comeback in Greco-Roman wrestling
Post by: royboy on April 30, 2011, 12:34:06 PM
173 pounds. that is incredible.
Title: Re: Rulon Gardner is back on the mat, considering comeback in Greco-Roman wrestling
Post by: buck on May 03, 2011, 01:45:05 PM
Why did he walk off?
Title: Re: Rulon Gardner is back on the mat, considering comeback in Greco-Roman wrestling
Post by: Rockhard on May 03, 2011, 01:54:44 PM
Why did he walk off?

He was hungry.
Title: Re: Rulon Gardner is back on the mat, considering comeback in Greco-Roman wrestling
Post by: pipewrench on May 03, 2011, 02:03:09 PM
I just LOL'ed....