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Furious After Wrestling DROPPED from Olympics

2/12/2013 8:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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It's a DEVASTATING day for wrestling fans ... after officials announced the sport will be 86'd from the Olympics starting in 2020 ... and now one former gold medalist is lashing out.

TMZ spoke with Rulon Gardner --  who won gold in 2000 and bronze in 2004 before going on to appear on "The Biggest Loser."

Gardner tells us he's "appalled" by the International Olympic Committee's decision to drop the sport -- saying, "As a two time Olympian, I think it's a shame to drop the sport of wrestling, one of the original Olympic Sports."

Gardner says he knows there's a SLIGHT chance wrestling could be saved -- but "seeing the hardship baseball has been through, I am not too confident."

Still, Gardner says he will do everything he can to bring back the sport he loves -- "I don't think we have heard the end of this."

Don't worry -- field hockey will still be included in the 2020 games. Seriously.

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Whocares    

Second! It is a shame but Canadian shuffle board is a "sport" according to the Olympics so nothing should surprise us.

514 days ago
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hammonator62    

Tell them like it is Rulon!! When the Greeks created the Olympics, I don't think they had badminton in mind as a sport. Wrestling was an original event!

514 days ago
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Mumra the Ever Living    

A true sport has been dropped from the Olympics, but Mitt Romney's dancing horse is still in.
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WTF?

514 days ago
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Carl    

How ridiculous. That was the most normal of all the sports on the list of ones they might cut. They are keeping the modern pentathlon, which is an obscure sport using horses, but cut this.

514 days ago
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grumpiestoldman    

This is from the ***** who quit Biggest Loser because it was to hard to do.

514 days ago
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HRH Prince Michael    

Yet another victim: Estrogen O.D.
R.I.P.....Olympics.


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514 days ago
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Carl    

To add to what I said above, wrestling is one of the original olympic sports from 2000 years ago! How can you cancel that.

514 days ago
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Truth    

WRESTLING MAY BE AN ORIGINAL SPORT BUT IT'S F*CKING BORING TO THE MAX. DOESNT GENERATE ENUFF AD REVENUE. DATS THE REASON FOR THE 86! #TRUTH!!

514 days ago
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Keyser Söze    

This gonna be the first Olympics in the history of manking without any wrestling in it...

The IOC just made themselves look silly as all sh*t.

514 days ago
10.

Larry    

He doesn't love the sport too much or he wouldn't have quit it....twice!!!!!!!

514 days ago
11.

Jordan    

I guess Wrestling in the Olympics was Just as Fake as wrestling in the WWE!!!!!!!!!!!

514 days ago
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Bill Leslie    

but they're going to keep horsie jumping - pathetic

514 days ago
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blair    

if you didnt watch the wrestling in the olympics then shut up and nothing changes for you

514 days ago
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4reallikecomon    

GOOD...NEVER SAW THAT CRAP AS A SPORT ANYWAY....WHO WANNA SEE GUYS GRAPPLING AT ONE ANOTHER

514 days ago
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chubbs McBuff    

I am not a wrestling fan. But how can you not have wrestling in the Olympics? it's one of the first sports I think of when I think of the Olympics. I am seriously outraged. I am sure this is only temporary. they will realize their mistake and bring it back.

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