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The 7 - Pro Wrestling - Gardner looks to win a gold medal without a middle freakin' toe
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#1 Posted on 23.8.04 0950.57
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Unreal story from MSNBC today about what happened to Ruland Gardner in 2002 in a snowmobile mishap .

You have to think he's trying to prove that 2000 wasn't a fluke, and that there'll be 1 or 500 mentions of the thing with his toe, since if an competing athlete has a hangnail NBC runs with it as a human interest story.



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#2 Posted on 23.8.04 1918.23
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This was huge news when it happened. If I remember correctly, I saw him on Letterman about three weeks after it happened. He was on more than one talk show to talk about losing the toe...
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#3 Posted on 25.8.04 2153.18
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So much for that. He lost today. Still can go for the bronze though.
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#4 Posted on 25.8.04 2357.22
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He got his bronze and apparently he's retiring, according to many news sources.

I still can't believe he beat Karelin four years ago. That's easily the biggest sports upset of the past decade, if not longer.
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#5 Posted on 26.8.04 0351.05
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Well a Bronze medal with no freaking middle toe is pretty impressive.

I wonder if he would consider going pro like Angle. Kurt said a couple of years ago that if the business wants to evolve they need more olympic wrestlers to turn pro because as it is the only guys who can really stay with him are Eddie and Benoit.

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#6 Posted on 26.8.04 0414.14
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If I recall correctly, Vince offered Gardner a WWF developmental contract four years ago after his gold medal victory, and Gardner declined.

But since his amateur career might be over, I'm curious as to whether Gardner would wish to join WWE now. I hope so.
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#7 Posted on 26.8.04 0607.03
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    Originally posted by Phantom Lord
    Well a Bronze medal with no freaking middle toe is pretty impressive.



Why is it special to wrestle without a middle toe? I tried my best to figure how that puts him at a disadvantage but I couldn't find anything..

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#8 Posted on 26.8.04 0820.31
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You know, I watched the replay of the bronze medal match, and that is just WAY TOO MUCH time spent hugging between two big sweaty, half-naked men for me. It took them FOREVER to get into position when they were in overtime.
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#9 Posted on 26.8.04 1141.31
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    Originally posted by JayJayDean
    and that is just WAY TOO MUCH time spent hugging between two big sweaty, half-naked men for me.


This bothers you, but watching professional wrestling doesn't?
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#10 Posted on 26.8.04 1153.26
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    Originally posted by sentonBOMB
      Originally posted by JayJayDean
      and that is just WAY TOO MUCH time spent hugging between two big sweaty, half-naked men for me.


    This bothers you, but watching professional wrestling doesn't?


Uh, YEAH it doesn't! I hadn't really watched Greco-Roman before. Even amateur freestyle wrestling has WAY less, uh, grappling (?) than Greco-Roman.

If every week on Raw A-Train and the Big Show had a legit Greco-Roman match, YOU wouldn't want to watch it either. :)
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#11 Posted on 26.8.04 1158.24
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    Originally posted by JayJayDean
    Uh, YEAH it doesn't! I hadn't really watched Greco-Roman before. Even amateur freestyle wrestling has WAY less, uh, grappling (?) than Greco-Roman.

    If every week on Raw A-Train and the Big Show had a legit Greco-Roman match, YOU wouldn't want to watch it either. :)


I was just saying that part of being a wrestling fan is coming to terms with the fact that the "sport" we love is quite homoerotic.
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#12 Posted on 26.8.04 1204.06
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    Originally posted by JayJayDean
    If every week on Raw A-Train and the Big Show had a legit Greco-Roman match, YOU wouldn't want to watch it either. :)
*Insert "I wouldnt want to watch A-Train in ANY type of match every week on RAW!" joke here*
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#13 Posted on 26.8.04 1333.23
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I'm a huge wrestling fan, growing up in a wrestling family, and Greco-Roman wrestling is just plain boring. The whole "no legs" thing really messes stuff up, in terms of excitement for me. The whole point is to pummel until you get an inside advantage, and then toss.

Now, the freestyle coming up is going to be super exciting. It's a shame the coverage sucks so much that I'll only get to see U.S. wrestlers, and only then if they're up for medals.
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