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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.”

September 9, 2010

Rulon Gardner to enter Alan & Gloria Rice Greco-Roman Hall of Champions

WATERLOO – The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum is proud to announce that Rulon Gardner, the most decorated American Greco-Roman wrestler, will be inducted into the Alan & Gloria Rice Greco-Roman Hall of Champions on Saturday, October 9, 2010. The event will take place at the Christensen Center Commons on the campus of Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn.

The Jim and Olive Morgan family will be given the first Greco-Roman Legacy Award for their tremendous accomplishments in wrestling, specifically in the Greco-Roman discipline. A family of 12 kids, six boys and six girls, Jim passed along his boxing and wrestling skills to his boys.

John, Gordy and Marty – sons of Jim and Olive – won a combined 10 national Greco-Roman titles and competed in two Olympics and two World championships.

Alan and Gloria Rice, namesakes of the hall of champions, have been instrumental to the success of Greco-Roman wrestling in the United States. Alan Rice was a Big Ten champion and All-American for the University of Minnesota. In 1956 he won national titles in Greco-Roman and freestyle. He also placed 7th at the 1956 Olympics and coached the 1972 Greco-Roman Olympic team.

He and his wife, Gloria, helped form the Minnesota Wrestling Club. The club enjoys the unique distinction of placing a wrestler on every World and Olympic team since 1964, a record unequalled in wrestling history. The Alan & Gloria Rice Greco-Roman Hall of Champions occupies a significant wing in the Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo.

“Inducting Rulon into the Greco-Roman Hall of Champions is a great recognition for a great champion and his five peers. Many people thought that no American could ever triumph in this style of wrestling. Now the world recognizes the capacities of our great country to produce great champions,” Rice stated.

Gardner shocked the world in the finals of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, when he defeated legendary Russian Alexander Karelin in the finals of the superheavyweight division. Karelin had won 12 World and Olympic titles up to that point. Gardner won the World Championships in 2001 and also captured the bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

Gardner joins last year’s inaugural class in this elite Hall. The 2009 class included Olympic champions Steve Fraser and Jeff Blatnick and World champions Mike Houck, Dennis Hall and Joe Warren.

Gardner was inducted as a Distinguished Member into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Okla., on June 5, 2010.

Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. with a reception. Dinner, awards presentation and autograph session will follow.

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online at www.dgm-nwhof.ticketleap.com or by calling the Dan Gable Museum at 319-233-0745.

June 8, 2010

Congratulations Rulon!

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Congratulations Rulon on your induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame! It’s been an honor and a privilege to work with you, and to bring your motivational speeches to people around the world. Representing you and your work is easy because after all this time, I still get goose bumps when I think about all you’ve accomplished and the fight in your soul that has kept you at the top of your game for so long. Whenever people ask me about you and your message, I sum it up this way–“I’ve heard his speech approximately 10,000 times at this point, and without fail, every single time, I have this unbelievable urge to “go out and do something with my life” as soon as it’s done.” That’s pretty special and pretty rare, and so are you. I’m very proud of you anyway, but especially proud today.

Rulon’s plaque at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, OK reads, “Rulon Gardner cartwheeled into the hearts of all Americans when he upset the seemingly invincible Russian Alexander Karelin at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.”

Enjoy the recent links below featuring news articles about Rulon and his induction!

Rulon Gardner Headed to Wrestling Hall of Fame, USA Today

2x Olympic medalist Rulon Gardner welcomed as National Wrestling Hall of Fame Distinguished Member by Mark Palmer, College Wrestling Examiner

Olympic Sports Highlights, USA Today

National Wrestling Hall of Fame Welcomes Auble, Camilleri, Gardner, McIlravy as Class of 2010 by Mark Palmer, College Wrestling Examiner

Rulon Gardner a Survivor In and Out of Wrestling by Jenni Carlson, NewsOK.com

Ex-Husker Gardner to be Inducted into National Wrestling Hall of Fame by John Kant, KCSR

With Olympic medals, new lease on life, Gardner heads into Hall, by Brian Gomez, Colorado Springs Gazette

Inside Olympic Sports, by Brian Cazeneuve, Sports Illustrated

Olympic Notes, by John Powers, Boston Globe

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