Olympic Gold medalist Rulon Gardner is at the forefront of the fight to keep wrestling alive in the Olympics; a fight which he says isn’t over yet.
“We have a vote in May and ultimately a vote in September,” Gardner told the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan Thursday. “You have to prove that your sport deserves to be in the Olympics and I don’t think wrestling has done a good enough job.”
Gardner says he was blown away by the International Olympic Committee’s decision to vote against inclusion of the sport in future Olympic games.
“To see one of the base foundation sports; you know it’s the marathon and wrestling that are the two original Olympic sports,” Gardner said. “That’s kind of what’s so shocking about it.”
“It was basically an executive board meeting where fifteen members basically voted and wrestling was one that got voted out.”
Rulon also spoke of his battle for life when after crashing his snowmobile into a lake, then having to swim 2 miles through freezing water to reach the shore.
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