(PRWEB) May 11, 2005
Inspirational Olympic wrestler and gold and bronze-medalist Rulon Gardner will be the featured guest on David Martin's 'Life On Your Own Terms", a VoiceAmerica.com radio program.
Gardner's path to glory began at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games when he defeated three-time Olympic gold medalist Alexander "The Bear" Karelin. Karelin had not been defeated in 13 years, until Gardner defeated the powerful Russian 1-0 in overtime in one of the Olympic's biggest upsets.
Following the 2000 Games, Gardner could have retired. Instead, he decided to continue to wrestle, wanting to prove he was not a one-hit wonder. In 2001, he won the world championships.
But in 2002, his world was turned upside down when he was almost killed. While snowmobiling in his native Wyoming, his snowmobile overturned on thinly packed ice. Abondoned, cold, and wet, he suffered through minus 25 degree weather overnight before rescuers found him. His body temperature was 80 degrees. Frostbite ensued on both feet. Hospitalized for an extended period of time, doctors saved both his feet from amputation. He miracuously lost only one toe.
"Just walking at first was a chore," Gardner said. "I thought my dreams of wrestling again at another Olympics was an impossibility."
The 270-pound athlete struggled for 12 months before finally going to the mat again the following year. His comeback was not easy, because fellow countryman Dremiel Byers won the world championships in his heavyweight division. And, it was Byers he would have to beat just to make the Olympic team, let alone win a medal.
In May 2004, Gardner defeated Byers and made the Olympic team. He went on to the Athens Games in one of the most improbable comebacks in Olympic history. At the Athens Games, his comeback culminated by winning a bronze. The once impossible had once again become possible by Gardner.
"If you can dream, you can accomplish it," Gardner has said. "I am living proof."
Gardner retired immediately after his final match, placing his shoes in the ring after the match, an international wrestling custom.
Listen to Gardner's amazing and inspirational story and how he has lived his life on his terms by calling:
Wednesday, May 11 at
4:00 PM Eastern/1:00 PM Pacific
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