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Rulon Gardner

Olympic Gold & Bronze Medalist

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  Rulon Gardner Profile

During the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Rulon Gardner cemented his spot in Olympics history by providing the world with an inspirational and unforgettable story that perfectly captures the spirit of the Games. Pulling off what is now remembered as the "Miracle on the Mat," Gardner did the unimaginable and upset the previous 13-year undefeated and three-time Olympic champion, Alexander Karelin, to capture the Greco-Roman wrestling gold medal.

Resisting Karelin`s attempts to wrestle him to the ground, Gardner relied on his 54-inch chest and "farm boy strength" to seize momentum of the match early and build a one-point lead entering overtime. With the match approaching its final seconds, Karelin had nothing left as he stepped back, conceding the medal to Gardner as the crowd ferociously chanted, "USA! USA!". ESPN would later memorialize the match as "one of the greatest upsets not only in wrestling history, but in Olympic history and sports history as well."

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