Marquis Athletes

September 17, 2010

Testimonial: Sirona Dental Systems

Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner delivered a motivational keynote speech for Sirona Dental Systems’ CEREC 25 Celebration in late August in Las Vegas, NV. We recently received the following testimonial about the event:

“Everyone on our staff just fell in love with Rulon and couldn’t stop talking about how nice he was and how easy it was to work with him.”

For more information about booking Rulon Gardner for your next event, visit our website at or contact us at


September 16, 2010

SportAccord Combat Games

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Rulon Gardner recently returned from a week in Beijing, China, where he served as the International Wrestling Ambassador for the SportAccord Combat Games. Rulon had a great trip and was very impressed with the Games, and we were delighted to receive a letter from the SportAccord President, Hein Verbruggen, today that said,

“I think we may conclude that the first edition of the SportAccord Combat Games was a tremendous success and there is no doubt that you have largely contributed to this success. I thank you once gain for having spent this great week with us.”

April 13, 2010

Inspirational Presentation

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Marquis Athletes recently received the following letter from the Kandiyohi Holstein Association, along with the representatives from the dairy breed associations and the PDCA after Rulon Gardner spoke at the Minnesota All-Breeds Convention in early March 2010 in Willmar, MN.

“Thank you for coming to our convention and for the inspirational presentation. I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen a group of dairy people that were so focused or so quiet as these were when you were talking. You definitely have a calling to do this type of work. Again, thank you.”

Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner grew up on a dairy farm in WY, and frequently speaks to groups in the agricultural and dairy industries. If you’d like to book Rulon for your next event, contact Marquis Athletes at

March 16, 2010

Inspiring the Inspirational

Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner gets fan mail from all over the world, from the young and the old, but we wanted to share parts of this letter in particular, because it means so much to Rulon to hear from people like this-people who are truly an inspiration.

Dear Rulon,

I am a 65 year old ex-Husker wrestler. I also was raised on a farm….so I really identified with your book. I am writing from the hospital…as a result of the brutal cold weather we experienced these past few weeks and the result of me still trying to take care of farm animals during the blizzard….I learned from my dad, my older cousins, uncles and grandparents to keep pushing until you get the job done, no matter how tired or late it was…I am glad for it.

I love wrestling.

Over the last 40 years, I’ve coached club teams, park and rec programs and put on or helped at clinics and camps…even did some old timer tournaments.

Your book is so inspirational! As I read your book, I thought of myself often. I try to keep an extra copy or two of your book around to give out to youth that I think can benefit from reading it, and I also give it out at clinics and camps. I have always wanted to meet you in person. Someday we will meet….

Thanks again,

A Fan

Signed copies of Rulon Gardner’s book, “Never Stop Pushing” are available for sale via his website at and events where he is speaking and/or coaching.

March 11, 2010

A Perfect Message For Tough Times

I just received the following email from the organizer of a recent event where Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner was the keynote speaker.

“Rulon did a fabulous job at the MN All Breeds Convention on Friday, March 5. He was wonderful with all the little wrestlers and the big kids too. What a down to earth person and so approachable. His message was perfect for the dairy families that had been through a tough winter, both weather wise and financially.”

If you’d like to book Rulon Gardner–who grew up on a dairy farm in WY–for your next agricultural or dairy event, contact us at info at marquisathletes dot com. Until Thursday, March 18, 2010, mention offer code “B31810” for a 10% discount on your event (valid on events for which no contract has been issued only).

March 9, 2010

“I have never seen such an enthusiastic response to a presentation”

We recently received this letter from the Manager of the IL Milk Producers’ Association after Rulon Gardner attended their event and performed his motivational speech.

“Thank you for a rousing speech at our recent Illinois Commodities Conference. In the 15 years of our existence, I have never seen such an enthusiastic response to a presentation-let alone your well-deserved standing ovation!

We also appreciated your down-to-earth manner, your farmboy work ethic, and your genuine appreciation for the gifts you have been given. No doubt you are a true role model for today’s young people.

You were able to provide such a strong message of perseverance through adversity, keeping focused on your goals, and the fact that hard work really does pay off. Your presentation really resonated with our Illinois agriculturalists.”

Would you like to book Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner for your next event? Visit our website at or contact us info at marquisathletes dot com for more information.

October 23, 2008

Overcoming Adversity: Motivational Speaker Rulon Gardner

Motivational speaker Rulon Gardner is an expert on overcoming adversity–he grew up the youngest of nine children on a dairy farm, struggled with a learning disability throughout his education, defeated the greatest wrestler of all time in the Sydney Olympics, survived a snowmobile accident and exposure to the elements, came back from an amputated toe due to that accident to win Bronze in Athens and recently survived a plane crash into Lake Powell. It’s no wonder our customers, like Rhonda Hale of Breakthrough in Wichita, KS, think his message is so important–

“The event went AMAZING. Everyone had so much fun and we had a great turnout! Thank you for helping me set everything up….We just appreciated him so much! I hope he knows how much he touched our organization and our community. Thank you again.”

Would you like to book Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner for your next event? Visit our website at or contact us at info at marquisathletes dot com for more information.

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