We didn’t even realize that Rulon Gardner, the champion Greco-Roman wrestler who won an Olympic gold in 2000 and a bronze medal four years later, had a “controversial walk-off” from the NBC reality series, “The Biggest Loser,” a while back. Must not have been all that controversial.
These days, we understand the 40-year-old Gardner “wants redemption, and one more shot at the Olympics,” according to an NBC press release, touting his appearance with Harry Smith at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs that will appear on the next installment of “Rock Center with Brian Williams” (tonight, 10 p.m., Channel 4).
Will Gardner, who once survived a plane crash, a broken neck and nearly died in the Wyoming wilderness, have the resolve to make weight and make the U.S. team? Once up to 474 pounds, and losing 160 on the reality show, that’s the dilemma he apparently grapples with daily.