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Furious After Wrestling DROPPED from Olympics

2/12/2013 8:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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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They take out wrestling, a true sport, and leave in archery and shooting. Who are these bozos?

621 days ago


Simulated gay sex does not a sport make.

621 days ago



621 days ago


Dropping wrestling is a beyond baffling choice overall... But the state of the sport currently is unrecognizable to me. The randomized tie-breaker draws? Insane. The absolutely ridiculous calls by the refs at the last Olympics? Criminal. The sport has devolved into a desperate game of "don't give up a point, or come close to giving one up because the refs can't be trusted." Now every match has lost it's athleticism. The wrestlers are just masters of circling and locking up and running out the clock. To add insult to injury the sport has barely been televised in the past few olympics.

621 days ago


Makes NO sense, dude - none -

We're all with you -

How do you justify DROPPING the sport of Wrestling - all of those ATHLETES with hopes and dreams - all the training they've done -

Ridiculous - they drop basketball and the WORLD would let them have it -

They'll never get away with this - never.

621 days ago


Oh yeah and note to homophobes making jokes about wrestling being "gay." Firstly, that's not an insult to begin with. Secondly wrestling is only gay if you find male on male contact or female on female contact to be erotic. So guess what? If you find stuff like wrestling to be "gay" there's a super good chance you are a homosexual who can't handle being gay and hates arousing reminders of their tragically denied sexuality. Just sayin...

621 days ago


Rulon Gardner needs to get over himself he no longer is humble, he's a narcissist, whiner , quiter & very rude. He lives in Utah now & I've personally delt with him several times & no matter how nice you are to him he's rude & looks down on everyone. He thinks he's a god. Did u see him on biggest loser

621 days ago

BB not bb    

The only reason I can think why they would want to cancel a popular and traditional sport such as wrestling is to discourage its popularity. There are wrestling teams in most high schools and colleges. Wrestling is one of the best ways of dealing with an attack.

It is a means of self defense that can prevent injury to yourself or even the perpetrator. It seems that the plan is to take away all means of self defense. They want to ban guns and ammo, and now they are taking away wrestling.

They have every other bizzare sport like water dancing and ribbon dancing. Why not allow wrestling also?

621 days ago


Seriously people. you are going to take away one of the truest forms of sports, only to have games like handball, synchronized swimming, and bmx biking.

621 days ago


I totally don't understand they have trampoline jumping and other crap bit not wrestling these powers that be gotta go

620 days ago


They should drop garbage sports like synchronized swimming.

620 days ago


Put 'em in a headlock, Rulon! You're a true embodiment of the Olympic Spirit! Keep the fire burning!

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