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Rulon Gardner To Make Return Back To Wrestling, Aiming For 2024 Olympic Games


Massive news in the wrestling world as 2000 Olympic Champion and the man who “did the impossible” has announced that he will be making a return to competitive wrestling and target the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

Rulon Gardner is one of the most famous wrestlers in history, at the 2000 Olympics Gardner was able to do the unthinkable and defeated the greatest wrestler of all time Aleksandr Karelin.

Karelin had been unbeaten for over a decade and had not had a point scored on him in years, Gardner pulling one of the greatest upsets of all time gave him a legacy that would last forever.

Gardner would follow up his Olympic Gold with a gold medal at the World Championships in 2001 and a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Having his share of injuries throughout his career Gardner would announce his retirement after winning bronze at the 2004 Games (Pictured Below).

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Just a while back Gardner made his return to competition in an exhibition bout against 2021 world team trials finalist Jacob Mitchell at a fairly small event featuring multiple Olympic Champions.

Looking at the landscape of the 130kg weight class wrestlers such as Cohlton Schultz who has been the guy for Team USA these past two years, Tanner Farmer who made it to Final X this year, and Jacob Mitchell seem to be the main competitor along with a few others.

Gardner already did the impossible once when nearly everyone counted him out so maybe, just maybe we see him do it again.

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Akil Murugan
Akil Murugan
Senior Editor for Heavyweight Nation

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