Rulon Gardner to speak in Bayard
     2013-03-28      By The Gering Citizen   
BAYARD — Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner will be speaking in Bayard on April 12. He will speak at 7 p.m., in the high school auditorium. His book “Never Stop Pushing” will be available for purchase beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium lobby.

Rulon went to Star Valley High School in Afton, Wyo. He was a three-sport letter winner in football, wrestling and track and field. He was an All-State selection in both football and wrestling, and was also the 1989 wrestling state heavyweight champion. In track and field, as a senior, he took second at the state finals in the shot put.

Even with his athletic prowess, he was taught to work hard at a young age. He, as well as his siblings, had to pitch in and help with chores even when it meant getting up early before school or staying up late after practice to get things done. Not known by many, Rulon was a graduate of the University of Nebraska in 1993.

Gardner is well-known for his defeat of Alexander Karelin in the 2000 Summer Olympics. Karelin had been undefeated for 13 years. In 2001, Rulon was awarded the James E. Sullivan Award for Amateur Athlete of the Year, Jesse Owens Award, U.S. Olympic Committee Sportsman of the Year Award, ESPY Award, and the Gold medal at the World Wrestling Championships.

In 2010, Gardner was inducted as a distinguished member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Tickets for this inspiring event may be purchased from any Bayard high school wrestling team member, Coach Randy McKibbin, or by calling Bayard Public Schools (308) 586-1700). Tickets are $10 each. There is limited seating so get your ticket as soon as you can.

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