Rulon Gardner Bankruptcy Auction Tomorrow

oly_g_gardner_300Mementos from the career of Olympic hero Rulon Gardner, including a USA Wrestling robe and a commemorative ring, will be auctioned off tomorrow in Salt Lake City.  The money collected at the auction will go to pay off debts Gardner owes as part of his $3.9 million bankruptcy case. Other items include dozens of medals the Greco-Roman wrestler won during his career, countless knives and watches and autographed jerseys from fellow sports stars such as Karl Malone and John Elway.  The 43-year-old Gardner has endured personal and financial hardships since shocking the world and defeating Russian Alexander Karelin at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.  Gardner, 43 and a native of Afton, said the bankruptcy has been difficult to go through but has made him a wiser, better man. He and his wife live in Wyoming now, where Gardner works as a medical device sales rep..

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