Games & medals

Games Results Sport Event
Athens 2004
Games Results Sport Event
Athens 2004
#3
Wrestling Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (≤120 kilograms)
Sydney 2000
Games Results Sport Event
Sydney 2000
#1
Wrestling Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman (≤130 kilograms)

Rulon GARDNER

United States of America
Wrestling Greco-Roman
Things are going to be tough and there's going to be setbacks. But never give up on your dream to be your best. It's not about winning medals. It's about committing to improving yourself every day in every situation.”
Height
187 cm / 6'2''
Weight
120 kg / 264 pounds
Birth date
16 Aug 1971 Afton, United States of America
Gender
Male

Number of medals

2 Olympic medals

Olympic Games

2 Olympic Games

Rulon GARDNER biography

The youngest of nine children, Rulon Gardner was born to Reed and Virginia Gardner on August 16, 1971. He was raised on a dairy farm in Wyoming, where the family grew crops and milked cows twice a day. 

Rulon’s wrestling career began when he was six years old. For one week every year, Star Valley would have a wrestling camp, which always concluded with a tournament on the weekend. Rulon participated in this from six years old until he started junior high school at 12 years old.

Rulon began a regular wrestling season while in junior high and continued with the wrestling seasons until he graduated with a degree in physical education from the University of Nebraska. After graduating from the University of Nebraska, Rulon continued his Olympic wrestling pursuit with full-time dedication.

As a member of the 2000 US Olympic wrestling team, Rulon was pitted against Russian legend Alexander Karelin, in what can only be described as a David versus Goliath scenario. Against harrowing odds, Rulon emerged as the victor. In doing so, he immediately captured the admiration of Americans, winning the gold medal in one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history.

Rulon came back to the Olympics in 2004 to defend his title and took home the Bronze medal. In 2010, Rulon was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

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