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UPDATED: Rulon Gardner does not weigh in for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in wrestling



USA Wrestling Statement:

Early Friday afternoon, 2000 Olympic champion Rulon Gardner (Logan, Utah/Sunkist Kids) decided not to weigh in and enter the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at 120 kg/264.5 lbs. in Greco-Roman.

The weigh-in for his weight class was scheduled for 3:30p.m. CST at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa.

“In the past year, Rulon Gardner decided to make a comeback in wrestling. We applaud him for his gallant effort and for his commitment to living a healthier lifestyle. The fact that he has become involved in our Greco-Roman program again has strengthened our national effort. He is a great champion and will continue to be an asset for USA Wrestling and Team USA through the Olympic Games and beyond,” said Rich Bender, USA Wrestling Executive Director.

Rulon Gardner made this statement today.

“I’m disappointed I didn’t make the weigh in. I worked hard. I was within five pounds. I’m glad I did this and have my health back. I’ll talk more about my journey tomorrow,” said Gardner.

USA Wrestling respects his wishes not to speak about this matter today. More information on Gardner’s availability will be provided when available.

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