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Category: Medal Winners, Olympic Athletes

Highlights: Rulon Gardner won an Olympic gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling at the 2000 Summer Games in one of the greatest upsets in Olympic history after defeating Aleksadr Karelin, who had not previously lost a match in 13 years.

Travels From: Utah

Fee Range: $5,001 - $10,000

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Rulon Gardner won a gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling at the 2000 Olympics by defeating Aleksandr Karelin in what’s considered one of the greatest upsets in Olympic history. Karelin was unbeaten in international matches for 13 years and had not given up a point in six years. Gardner also won a world championship in 2001 and bronze at the 2004 Olympics. He is the only American to ever win both an Olympic gold and world championship in Greco-Roman wrestling. Gardner has received a host of honors, including…

• Recipient of the Sullivan Award (2001)
• Recipient of the Jesse Owens Award (2001)
• ESPY for U.S. Olympic Male Athlete of the Year (2001)
• U.S. Olympic Committee Sportsman of the Year (2001)
• Member of National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Gardner was born in Afton, Wyoming and attended Star Valley High School, where he was a three-sport letterman in wrestling, football and track and field. He attended junior college at Ricks College where, as a sophomore, he won the NJNCAA national heavyweight wrestling division. He would later attend and graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 2005, Gardner published his autobiography entitled “Never Stop Pushing: My Life from a Wyoming Farm to the Olympic Medals Stand”.

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