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    Default 10 Yrs Ago: Gardner upset Karelin to win gold @ 2000 Olympics

    Ten years ago today -- September 27, 2000 -- a Wyoming dairy farmer scored one of the biggest upsets in sports history by defeating a three-time Olympic gold medalist wrestler.

    That night, Rulon Gardner of the US defeated Russia's Alexander Karelin to win the gold medal in Greco-Roman super-heavyweight (up to 130kg/286 pounds) competition at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

    Earlier this summer, The Bleacher Report sports website ranked Gardner vs Karelin No. 7 on its list of "Top Ten Upsets in Sports History."

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    Yeah, Rulon sure beat the hell out of him that match......

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    A win is a win. It was a huge upset and Karelin was finally beatable again.

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    Come on. I'd put Slay over Saitiev as far more impressive. Or Wilson over Fadzaev. Those guys actually beat their opponents. Rulon just out-hugged his way over the Russian Bear. Not exactly convincing.

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    He won fair and square and goes down as one of the great upsets.


    Ru was a monster.

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    Default Re: 10 Yrs Ago: Gardner upset Karelin to win gold @ 2000 Olympics

    Quote Originally Posted by AnklePicker2 View Post
    Come on. I'd put Slay over Saitiev as far more impressive. Or Wilson over Fadzaev. Those guys actually beat their opponents. Rulon just out-hugged his way over the Russian Bear. Not exactly convincing.
    Satiev hadn't established himself as one of the greatest of all time yet and Wilson's win was not at the Olympics.
    Gardner was not even teh favorite to make the US team...it may have not beenpretty but it was one of the greatest upsets in wrestling ever.

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    Fair. BUT you indicate that Wilson's win wasn't at the Olympics. I don't think that makes his win any less valuable since the Olympics rarely go the way they are expected to. If you were to bet on an underdog to make a splash at a tournament, you'd pick the Olympics because that's when the crazy stuff tends to happen. Not at World Championships or minor International tournaments.

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    Default Re: 10 Yrs Ago: Gardner upset Karelin to win gold @ 2000 Olympics

    Quote Originally Posted by AnklePicker2 View Post
    Fair. BUT you indicate that Wilson's win wasn't at the Olympics. I don't think that makes his win any less valuable since the Olympics rarely go the way they are expected to. If you were to bet on an underdog to make a splash at a tournament, you'd pick the Olympics because that's when the crazy stuff tends to happen. Not at World Championships or minor International tournaments.
    Gardner's win just gets more attention because it was in the Olympics, it was the Gold Medla match, and Karelin had been hyped from the start of that Olympics as the undefeatable guarenteed Gold Medalist. Also I have not seen the list but I would assume that it was based on US sports.

    Nonetheless Wilson beating Fadzaev was one of the biggest upsets in wrestling ever.
    Where did Wilson beat Fadzaev? Was it at the worlds? Did Wilson win Gold?

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    I belive it was at the 1989 world cup, and 1990 goodwill games.
    Last edited by itsmyopinion; 10-04-2010 at 01:01 PM.

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