Rulon Gardner is an American wrestler who won the gold in 2000 and the bronze in 2004 in Greco-Roman wrestling. His road to the Olympics included a few detours, notably a small plane crash and a motorcycle accident during his spring training for the 2004 games.
The accident took place in Colorado Springs. Gardner was driving to the U.S. Olympic Training Center one morning when a 1991 Mazda pulled in front him. Gardner’s special Olympic edition Harley-Davidson hit the car and he flew over the handlebars. He says his wrestling training possibly saved his life.
“I ducked it, and did a front flip,” Gardner said. “I remember seeing the ground coming. I thought to tuck. Without wrestling, I bet I would have hit it wrong.” He landed on his right foot after flipping and rolled on his left side. He had some abrasions and soreness, but no critical injuries.
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