In the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Rulon Gardner shocked the world when he defeated the previously unbeaten Russian, Alexander Karelin. After a devastating accident where he was lost in the Wyoming wilderness overnight in winter, sopping wet, Rulon Gardner moved past the amputation of a toe to win Olympic Bronze in Athens, where he ceremoniously retired from Greco-Roman Wrestling.
Rulon Gardner recently appeared as a contestant of the NBC television program The Biggest Loser, and is back in a familiar role, inspiring hope and personifying courage. Rulon‘s achievements on the program were nothing short of astonishing. After reaching his competitive training weight, Rulon Gardner chose to leave the show in support of his wife and to begin the next chapter of his life.
As a result of his newfound lease on life, Rulon Gardner is considering a comeback to competitive wrestling. He met with National Team coaches and has already been back on the mat at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. Rulon Gardner would be an astonishing 40 years old at the London Games should he decide to return to competition.
Rulon‘s feats of athleticism combined with his resolve and compassion provide a unique context for a larger than life story. Rulon‘s tale resonates with everyone from elementary school children to corporate America executives. His dynamic speaking style is engaging and his content can be customized to his audience.
Rulon Gardner shares with his audience the sense of determination, the self-confidence, and the fighting spirit that gave him the strength to stand up against seemingly unbeatable odds and win.