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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


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

February 24, 2010

Top 10 Moments in Amateur Wrestling-’00-’09

2. (2000) Rulon Gardner defeats Alexander Karelin for Olympic Gold

In what was arguably the most amazing upset in all of sports, the unheralded American heavyweight from Afton, Wyoming upended the most dominant and feared heavyweight wrestler in the history of the sport. In a truly “David vs. Goliath” moment, Karelin surrendered the first point he had allowed in the past six years to Gardner, who ended up handing Karelin his first loss in over 13 years of International competition.


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