If he filed for bankruptcy! How can he still have he Olympic medals? I am sure
they are worth something.
This article reminds me that we all need a second or third or fourth chance or
however many it takes to move forward.
Rulon is a great guy, with a great heart. He continues to get better, all
some people never learn. 1Reader - you obviously know a different Rulon than
most of us do and/or do. If he has finally grown up and has learned to accept
responsibility and treat people better, than good for him. I will believe it
when I see it. What he is doing now is bringing attention to himself so he can
attempt to get a following to "hopefully" support him financially while
he tries to make a comeback.
He is an interesting man, for sure. His parents and brothers and sisters have
felt the brunt of this also when he distanced himself from them. I hope he is
able to find himself by serving others. I think he has been completely self
centered since the Olympic Gold Medal.
I'm sorry. This guy should be working with kids when he has got his own
issues ironed out. Working with kids is not a proving ground for your social and
emotional maturity and this is one half of our problem with sports. The guy (or
gal) has some success on a big stage and all of a sudden their mistakes are no
longer problems to be worked out, but collateral for coaching gigs and their
personal-- struggle back to redemption story. The fact that he can equate
working with kids with--hanging out, causing trouble--even if said in jest, is
emblematic of someone who seems to think that a whole different set of rules
apply to him. I wish him the best on the road to getting healthy, but a better
choice for working with kids would be someone who may not have an Olympic medal,
but is ready to be a mentor. Giving time to kids is wonderful--if you are truly
ready to do so. Has he shown that he is? More important, does anyone care if he
has or not--or does that medal override any need for that sort of nonsense.
So, is his name Rulon (roo-luhn) or (roo-lahn)? I'm thinking its roo-luhn,
but NBC's Bob Costas pronounced it roo-lahn at the Olympics, at the height
of his fame, so that pronunciation has stuck with the vast majority of
The sad part of his life is the multiple times he's been divorced. I
imagine that he might not be the easiest person to which to be married, but
perhaps that is an area he could have started to try and reform earlier. It is
a sad legacy. I was happy when he won the gold medal, but that isn't his
whole life, unless....it was his whole life and in that case, perhaps it was a
curse to have won it.Good luck. Family ties are what really matter,
not how many gizmos you sell or awards you win or times you are the focus of a
Why all the photos of Ken Chertow in an article about Rulon Gardner? The only
photo of Rulon is 7 years old.
To: spanishedImmersed...Everyone here in his home town pronounces it roo-lahn.
I've met him several times and seen him interact with kids at wrestling
camps several times. I've seen nothing that should concern anyone. He has
treated the staff of the wrestling camps, their coaches and the young people
that attend these camps with nothing but the utmost respect and kindness. I
know Rulon has had some ups and downs and so have most of us. And those who
often reach the pinnacle of achievement often have a great fall. Perhaps, a lot
of people wanted access to Rulon or wanted something from him which alienated
some people when it wasn't given or given in the way hoped. I can say
he's made some bad decisions, both personally and financially, but again he
has the right to make a living and a right to find his way back and I think
being around those in the wrestling community through these camps will help his
journey. All the best to you Rulon...
re: divorce - how many is "multiple times" ?