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Against All Odds

Posted by Trish18 on Mar 7, 2007 11:24:50 AM



I remember watching Rulon Gardner win the gold medal in the 2000 Olympics against all odds. His victory was one of the greatest upsets in

Olympic history. He handed three-time Olympic champion Aleksandr Karelin of Russia the only defeat of his 13-year

international career, winning by 1-0 in the gold medal match of the

Greco-Roman superheavyweight division.




When I read that the small plane Gardner was flying in hit the water in a remote part of Lake Powell in southern Utah recently, I had confidence he could beat the odds again. In addition to his Olympic underdog success, he had already survived two accidents. In 2002, he had to have a toe amputated because of frostbite after he was stranded in the wilderness overnight while snowmobiling in Wyoming; two years later, he was hit by a car while riding a motorcycle in Colorado Springs.



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