Marquis Athletes

September 4, 2009

Ode to Rulon Gardner

The following excerpts are from an upcoming article by USA Wrestling coach Steve Fraser, that will appear in WIN magazine.

“Besides his unbelievable international results, Rulon has been an ambassador for not only Greco wrestling, but for all wrestling. He has touched the lives of many youth wrestlers since reaching his great wrestling accomplishments. Everywhere he travels, for clinics or speaking engagements, he represents our sport with great honor. He reminds me of the pied-piper–the kids flock to him in the hundreds. And they all love him because he loooks each one of the kids in the eye, and makes them feel noticed and special.”

“Rulon was one of my favorite athletes to coach….He never shied away from any challenge, always putting his reputation and skills on the line. This is what made him a great champion.”

“Rulon Gardner is truly an example of someone who came from nowhere with limited skills and developed himself into a machine-like, powerfully tenacious athlete.”

“Rulon always met adversity head on. Setbacks were a part of his career. Success was not an overnight thing for Rulon. Along his journey there were many stumbling blocks.”

“Rulon developed a fierce competitive spirit that was razor sharp and strong as his barrel chest and cement-like quads and calves. Strong as a bear, fast as a cougar, strategic as a chess player, Rulon’s biggest attribute was his indifatigable cardiovascular system….He made all of his opponents as exhausted as can be, many surrendering to his assault.”

“Even today, with Rulon’s busy schedule, he always tries to take some time to help our U.S. National Team. He has offered to work with our current heavyweight wrestlers in hopes to help them achieve their dreams in this sport. He is a no-nonsense type of guy that always tells it like it is. His heart is as pure as gold and he always wishes the best for our guys.”

“Rulon is a proud man who cares about other people. He is fun–with a great sense of humor, always upbeat and ready to laugh. He is not only one of America’s most successful Greco-Roman wrestlers, he is a wonderful human being.”

Thanks, Coach Fraser!

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