When Joshua's Storehouse wanted to kick off the fundraising for their new program Milk For Minors, they wanted to go BIG! So they called on Olympic Wrestler Rulon Gardner to share his story and bring some awareness to the program.

Gardner is well known for his defeat of Alexander Karelin in the 2000 Summer Olympics. In 2001, Gardner added a world championship to his list of accomplishments with a victory in the finals over Mihaly Deak-Bardos of Hungary. His win made him the only American to ever win both a World and Olympic title in Greco-Roman wrestling.

After the 2000 Olympics he suffered a series of injuries from both a snowmobiling and motorcycle accident but he still went on to win the U.S. Olympic trials for his weight class and then to compete in the 2004 Summer Olympics. He was not able to repeat his 2000 performance, coming away with the Bronze medal, and after his match, he placed his shoes in the middle of the mat as is a symbol of retirement from competitive wrestling. He joined us this morning to talk about his time with The Biggest Loser and his plans to return to the Olympic Trials.

See and hear Rulon Friday night at the Parkway Plaza starting at 6PM. For tickets call Joshua's Storehouse at 265-0242 stop by the office at 334 S Wolcott or find out more by clicking HERE.

Here is a reminder of the Olympic win in 2000

And here is a conversation with Rulon and his business partner Justin Pope before they took on The Biggest Loser.