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Star Wrestler Battles His Biggest Opponent: His Weight

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MSNBC.COM - Gold medal winner Rulon Gardner has survived two Olympics, a plane wreck, a broken neck and nearly dying in the Wyoming wilderness. Now, he's facing what he describes as one of the biggest challenges in his wrestling career and life: his own weight.

"I have about 45 pounds I need to lose in about 70 days," Gardner told Harry Smith in an interview set to air Wednesday, Mar. 21 on Rock Center with Brian Williams.

The 40-year-old gold and bronze medal winner in Greco-Roman wrestling is attempting to make it to the Olympics in London this July.  After ballooning to 474 pounds, he's lost at least 160  pounds, but still needs to lose more to be in fighting shape.

"In the sport of wrestling, I know where I stand.  I know what I'm capable of and I know I can win.  So for me, I don't think I'm ever going to lose wrestling again, because when I let that sport go that gave me my life, I lost a lot of who I was," Gardner said. click here to read more

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