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September 29, 2010

A Decade Later: Rulon Gardner

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“A lot of people are pretty critical – they’re like, ‘Uh-oh you failed. You didn’t achieve your goals, you didn’t achieve what you went after,’” Gardner said.  “I think those are people that need to check themselves because it’s not always about being the best and the baddest.  It’s about going out there and competing and believing in yourself.”


Rulon Gardner’s planned induction into Greco Hall of Champions postponed – National College wrestling |

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Rulon Gardner’s planned induction into Greco Hall of Champions postponed – National College wrestling |

September 28, 2010

Alan and Gloria Rice Greco-Roman Hall of Champions Induction Postponed

Waterloo, Iowa – Due to unforeseen circumstances with Rulon Gardner’s schedule, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame is postponing the Alan and Gloria Rice Greco-Roman Hall of Champions scheduled for October 9, 2010, in Minneapolis, Minn. The event will be rescheduled for a date when Gardner can attend.

Gardner, a 2000 Olympic champion and 2001 World champion, was scheduled to be this year’s lone inductee. The Alan & Gloria Rice Greco-Roman Hall of Champions is located inside the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, Iowa. Gardner was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a distinguished member in Stillwater, Okla., earlier this year.

 The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum will reschedule the event for next year.

“We regret that unforeseen circumstances have kept Rulon Gardner from attending his induction into the Greco-Roman Hall of Champions,” said Alan Rice, namesake of the Hall of Champions. “We respect the confidentiality of his personal situation that forced his cancelation; however, we look forward to his induction into the hall of champions next year.”

10 years ago: Gardner upset Karelin to win gold medal at 2000 Olympics – National College wrestling |

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10 years ago: Gardner upset Karelin to win gold medal at 2000 Olympics – National College wrestling |

August 26, 2010

Top 10 Unbeatable Star Letdowns Ever

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The Bleacher Report just announced their “Top 10 Unbeatable Star Letdowns Ever” and the #3 letdown was “Alexander Karelin Loses His Greatness.”

Jon Star writes, “Karelin, Russia’s greatest Greco-Roman wrestler, was not just on a decade-long winning streak….In fact, he cruised to the gold medal match [in the Sydney Olympic Games] without giving up a point in a decade and had not lost in 15 years. He won three gold medals and seven straight world titles. That was until he faced the enormous underdog in American Rulon Gardner. Gardner slayed the Russian giant…”

Congratulations, Rulon!

-Danielle Marquis, Owner, Marquis Athletes, LLC

July 15, 2010

Jet Li & Fedor Emelianenko to Join Rulon Gardner as Combat Games Ambassadors

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SportAccord announced this week that movie star Jet Li and famous MMA fighter Fedor Emelianenko will join Rulon Gardner as Ambassadors for the Combat Games in Beijing, China August 28-September 4. Gardner will represent wrestling, Li will represent Wushu & Emelianenko will represent Sambo as they participate in various activities during the competition and promote the Games to the public.

To book Rulon Gardner for an event appearance, contact Marquis Athletes at or

July 6, 2010

Rulon Gardner’s Defeat of Karelin Named #3 “American Victory that Made us Proud”

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Rulon Gardner’s upset of Alexander Karelin in the 2000 Sydney Olympics was named the #3 “American Victory that Made us Proud” in the Bleacher Report’s listing in honor of July 4.

Calling Karelin “the most prohibitive favorite in any event entering the 2000 Sydney Olympics,” author Alan Rubenstein describes Gardner as “overcome with emotions after his incredible win. He was screaming with joy, did a cartwheel and grabbed a fan’s American flag and did a victory lap. This was a win that will likely never be duplicated.”

The complete list is:

12. 2002 World Cup: US Upsets Portugal

11. 2007 Davis Cup

10. 2008 Olympics 4×100 Meter Swimming Relay

9. 2002 World Cup Round of 16: US vs. Mexico

8. 2010 World Cup: US v. Algeria

7. 1960 US Men’s Hockey Team

6. 1950 World Cup: US Upsets England

5. 1998 Nagano Olympics: US Women’s Hockey

4. Jesse Owens at 1936 Olympics

3. 2000 Sydney Olympics: Rulon Gardner Upsets Alexander Karelin

2. 1999 Women’s World Cup: Brandi Chastain Scores the Cup Winner

1. 1980 Olympic Hockey Team

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June 16, 2010

“Rulon Gardner defeats Alexander Karelin” Named “#7 Upset in Sports History”–above “The Miracle on Ice”

The “Bleacher Report” announced its “Giant Killers: Top 10 Upsets in Sports History” this week, and “Rulon Gardner defeats Alexander Karelin” was listed as the #7 upset–above “The Miracle on Ice” which came in at #10. Gardner’s stunning defeat of Russian Alexander Karelin was also the first Olympic upset on the list, and along with “The Miracle on Ice” they were the only Olympic upsets on the list.

The article begins by explaining that “one word can be used to describe certain teams that overcome adversity to win and that is excellence. Excellence is a trait that is not built in teams, but is earned. Underdogs achieve excellence through hard work and determination to upset unbeatable favorites.”

The article describes Gardner’s defeat of Karelin this way:

Russian wrestler Alexander Karelin had not surrendered a single point during a 10-year span heading into the 2000 Summer Olympics. He had never lost in 15 years of international competition, and had won three consecutive Olympic gold medals and seven consecutive world titles….Karelin faced American Rulon Gardner who had never finished better than fifth in any international wrestling competition. This was supposed to be another opponent crushed at the hands of Alexander the Great, but on this night it was Gardner who won gold in a stunning 1-0 defeat of Karelin. Gardner crushed the one-man dynasty of Karelin in Sydney and claimed the golf, solidifying Gardner as one of the biggest underdogs in Olympic history.”‘

The complete Top 10 list is:

1. Upset upsets Man O’ War

2. 2007 NBA Playoffs: No. 8 Warriors def. No. 1 Mavericks

3. Super Bowl XLII: Giants def. Patriots

4. George Mason advances to Final Four

5. Buster Douglas knocks out Mike Tyson

6. 1984 NCAA Final: Villanova stuns Georgetown

7. Rulon Gardner defeats Alexander Karelin

8. 1969 Miracle Mets

9. Super Bowl III: Jets def. Colts

10. The Miracle on Ice

Rulon Gardner is available for motivational speeches to corporate groups, nonprofits and schools. He shares with his audience how he overcame adversity to win Olympic gold, and how he earned excellence through hard work and determination. For more information on speaking events or endorsement opportunities, contact Marquis Athletes at

April 28, 2010

Yoshida Retires

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USA Today reported that Hidehiko Yoshida retired after a match in Japan against chief protege Kazuhiro Nakamura. Yoshida has been one of Japan’s most popular fighters since he won a Gold Medal in the 1992 Olympics in Judo. He lost to fellow Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner on New Year’s Eve 2005. Yoshida was rumored to be preparing for a fight against Fedor Emelianenko as his retirement bout, but it appears he wisely made the decision to scrap those plans.

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April 27, 2010

NFL Draft in Prime Time

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ESPN chose to air the NFL draft this year in primetime, instead of starting it at 4pm on a Saturday, like it did last year. This gamble paid off–the network’s ratings were up 23%, making it the 5th most watched cable program of the year, with 7.2 million viewers. That’s the most viewers in the network’s 31 year history! ESPN enjoyed its highest ratings in Jacksonville and New Orleans.

With this type of success, I think it’s safe to say ESPN will choose to air the draft during primetime again next year. Did you watch? What did you think? Why were you so excited to see it? Have you watched in year’s past?

As viewership for the draft increases, it will be exciting to see what types of advertising is used during the televised program. Will it be a gold mine like the Super Bowl?

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