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Rulon Gardner

Rulon Gardner

Keynote Speaker: Olympic Gold Medalist Wrestler, 2010 National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee; Bronze Medal Winner at 2004 Athens Olympics, Contestant on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” & Author

Rulon Gardner Biography

Rulon Gardner was born on August 16, 1971 in Afton, Wyoming. Gardner is the youngest 9 children born to Reed and Virginia Gardner. Raised on a dairy farm where they grew their own crops and milked cows twice a day, there was never a shortage of work to be done. School did not come easy for Gardner. He struggled with reading speed and comprehension but with the help and support of his family, Gardner was able to complete his schoolwork. With a great deal of determination (and frustration) Gardner successfully completed high school and earned a wrestling scholarship from Ricks College. From Ricks College, Gardner received a division 1 scholarship to wrestle for the University of Nebraska.

Gardner's wrestling career began when he was 6 years old. For one week every year, Star Valley would have a wrestling camp, which always concluded with a tournament on the weekend. Gardner participated in this from age 6 until junior high school. Gardner began a regular wrestling season while in junior high and continued until he graduated from the University of Nebraska.

Graduating from the University of Nebraska with a degree in physical education is something Gardner is very proud of. After graduating from the University of Nebraska, Gardner continued his Olympic wrestling pursuit with full-time dedication. Winning the Gold in Sydney did not come without dedication and sacrifice. Gardner has sacrificed much in order to reach his Olympic aspirations.

When Gardner won the Olympic gold medal for wrestling in Sydney, his victory rocked the world. Gardner shocked the world in Sydney when he defeated the previously undefeated “Russian Bear” in the “Miracle on the Mat. “It was more than just a simple tale of success - it was the story of an underdog who rose to unimagined heights of accomplishment and glory. An athlete with a history of notable but obscure success, Gardner became a household name - and the pride of a nation - when he took Olympic gold from the hands of Alexander Karelin, an athlete who had been undefeated since 1985. In a modern-day David and Goliath, Gardner found himself fighting a match of mythic proportions - the United States versus former archenemy Russia and a first-time Olympian versus a veteran three-time Olympic gold medalist. Gardner shares with his audiences the sense of determination, the self-confidence and the fighting spirit that gave him the strength to stand up against seemingly unbeatable odds - and win.

Gardner’s charmed life nearly came to an end, however, when he was lost in the Wyoming wilderness after a snowmobile accident. Surviving in sub-zero temperatures, sopping wet, for hours, Gardner in the end suffered the amputation of a toe. After the 2000 Olympics he suffered a series of injuries including an amputated toe and a dislocated wrist. He was also in a motorcycle accident. Despite his injuries, he won the US Olympic trials for his weight class and competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics. He came back to win Bronze in Athens, when he ceremoniously left his shoes on the mat and retired after the match.

Aside from his Olympic medals, his achievements include: US Champion 2001; James E Sullivan Award for amateur athlete of the year, 2001: Gold medal, World Wrestling Championships, 2001: Jesse Owens Award, 2001: United States Olympic Committee Sportsman of the Year, 2001: ESPY award for US Male Olympic athlete of the year, 2001: Pan American Games Champion, 1998: US Champion, 1997: World Cup Champion 1996: US Champion, 1995.

Gardner has never dwelled on the negatives but instead takes each challenge and uses it to improve his life. Gardner shares with his audiences the sense of determination, the self-confidence and the fighting spirit that gave him the strength to stand up against seemingly unbeatable odds - and win. He has experienced wins as well as losses in his life. Gardner performs motivational speeches for corporations, schools and community groups.

Gardner authored an autobiography entitled "Never Stop Pushing: My Life from a Wyoming Farm to the Olympic Medal Stand." Avalon Publishing released his book on September 6, 2005.

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Rulon Gardner Speaking Topics

Rulon Gardner Speech Topics

  • Never Give Up, Never Stop Trying

  • 7 steps to Success

  • Refresh, Renew, Reconnect Go Back to the Basics

  • Turn the Negatives into Positives

  • Aim High When You're Feeling Low

  • Enlist Others

  • Train Hard

  • Take Care of Business

Rulon Gardner Videos

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Rulon Gardner is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Faith & Religion, College, Inspirational, Olympic Sports, Diversity, Personal Growth, Sports Motivation, Empowerment, Overcoming Adversity, Peak Performance, Athlete, Success, Television & Film, Motivational, Sports, Fitness and Sports Coaching.

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Rulon Gardner is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Faith & Religion, College and Inspirational. The estimated speaking fee range to book Rulon Gardner for live events is $10,000 - $20,000. Please contact us for virtual event fees. Rulon Gardner generally travels from Colorado Springs, CO, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Vince Papale, Rocky Bleier and Jim Morris. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Rulon Gardner for an upcoming event.

Rulon Gardner Speaking Topics

  • Rulon Gardner Speech Topics

    • Never Give Up, Never Stop Trying

    • 7 steps to Success

    • Refresh, Renew, Reconnect Go Back to the Basics

    • Turn the Negatives into Positives

    • Aim High When You're Feeling Low

    • Enlist Others

    • Train Hard

    • Take Care of Business

Rulon Gardner Videos

Olympic gold medalist Rulon Gardner the new wrestling coach at ...
The incredible story of the "indestructible man" - Rulon Gardner ...

Rulon Gardner Reviews

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