The Paper photo by Lori Poteet
Rulon Gardner (right) shows a chopping move to start a match at Wabash’s Little Giant Team Wrestling Camp on Thursday.
THE GARDNER FILE
Name: Rulon Gardner
Major accomplishments: 2004 Olympic Games Bronze Medalist (Athens, Greece); 2003 Pan American Games Silver-Medalist; 2003 USA Wrestling World Team Trials (First-Place); 2001 World Wrestling Championships Gold-Medalist (Patras, Greece); 2001 World Team Trials (First-Place); 1995, 1997 and 2001USA Wrestling Greco-Roman National Champion (130 kg.); 2001 and 1998 Senior Greco-Roman Championship Belt Series Winner; 2000 Olympic Games Gold Medalist (Sydney, Australia - defeated previously undefeated Aleksandr Karelin in "Miracle on the Mat"); 1998 Pan American Games Gold-Medalist; 1998 Vantaa Cup (Finland, First-Place); 1997 World Wrestling Championships (Poland) Fifth-Place Winner; 1996 World Cup Greco-Roman First-Place Winner (130 kg.); 1993 Fourth-Place NCAA Championships; 1991 First-Place NJCAA Championships; 1989 First-Place Wyoming State High School Championships (Heavyweight)
High school: Star Valley (Afton, Wyo., 1989 graduate)
College: Ricks Junior College (Rexburg, Idaho, 1991 graduate); University of Nebraska (1996 graduate)
Degrees: Bachelor of Science, Physical Education and Health (7-12)
Fiance: Kamie (will be married this fall)
Siblings: 4 brothers - Rolin, Ronald, Russell, Raynold; 4 sisters - Geraldine, Evon, Diane, Marcella
Parents' names: Reed and Virginia Gardner (live in Afton, Wyo.)
Hobbies: Boating, hanging out
One thing people don't know about him: He loves animals.