Never Stop Pushing: My Life from a Wyoming Farm to the Olympic Medals Stand

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Never Stop Pushing is a motivational autobiography by Olympic Greco-Roman champion wrestler Rulon Gardner (Gold Medal, 2000; Bronze Medal, 2004). This inspiring memoir comes from one of the world's most remarkable athletes who achieved arguably the greatest upset in individual sports history when he defeated the Russian Alexander Karelin ? three-time Olympic champ, undefeated and unscored upon for a decade before his match with Gardner ? in the 2000 Gold Medal match. Rulon Gardner tells the story of his ...

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Overview

Never Stop Pushing is a motivational autobiography by Olympic Greco-Roman champion wrestler Rulon Gardner (Gold Medal, 2000; Bronze Medal, 2004). This inspiring memoir comes from one of the world's most remarkable athletes who achieved arguably the greatest upset in individual sports history when he defeated the Russian Alexander Karelin — three-time Olympic champ, undefeated and unscored upon for a decade before his match with Gardner — in the 2000 Gold Medal match. Rulon Gardner tells the story of his impoverished upbringing as one of nine children in a close-knit Mormon family on a farm in Wyoming, where in performing unceasing chores he developed tremendous strength at an early age. Gardner writes about his struggles in school made arduous by learning disabilities that have challenged him his whole life. Also, after winning his Gold Medal, we read how this champion survived a snowmobile accident that marooned him outdoors for eighteen hours in high country. Rulon Gardner recovered from this and went on to defend his Gold Medal at Athens in 2004—yet another comeback from this athlete who was supposed to simply fade away.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786715930
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 9/9/2005
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 823,108
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Rulon Gardner grew up in a Mormon family on a Wyoming dairy farm. He is a two-time Olympic Medalist (2000-Gold, 2004-Bronze) in Greco-Roman wrestling. His 2000 Gold Medal match is called "The Miracle on the Mat." He continues to give motivational speeches for corporations and events (i.e., Roche Pharmaceuticals, Special Olympics Hall of Fame Gala, Behr Paint, USO Navy Tour, etc.) charities, and schools across the country, as well as celebrity appearances at wrestling camps throughout the country. In addition, this year he will be honored at the Gene Autry Courage Awards in March in Phoenix as an athlete who has overcome physical adversity to succeed (also honored will be Bethany Hamilton, surfer whose arm was bitten off by a shark, and Aaron Ralston, climber who cut his arm off after it was trapped by a boulder), NASPE Hall of Fame Award in Chicago and the YMCA Honors (Person of the Year) in Salt Lake City. Rulon is also the color commentator for the Real Pro Wrestling league which will begin airing in March on Pax and Fox Sports. This fall Asics will release his signature shoe, the "Rulon." Rulon is the Spokesman for State Games of America and has become an honorary board member for the Sports for Kids Foundation. Rulon has decided to retire from Mixed Martial Arts competition, after his defeat of Yoshida in Japan on New Year's Eve.He lives in Wellsville, Utah.

Bob Schaller is the author of 30 books, including THE STATE OF THE GAME with Denny Crum, THE FIRST BLACK QUARTERBACK with Marlin Briscoe, and THE TOP STARS OF NASCAR. Schaller is also a contributing editor to SKATING, SPLASH and AMERICAN HOCKEY magazines.

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Table of Contents

1 Never Stop Pushing 1
2 Dumbo From the Farm 6
3 Rural Roots 24
4 The Gardner Clan 33
5 Never Stop Pushing II 41
6 Barn Burns, Hope Survives 56
7 The Boy Who Made Every Day Count 61
8 Leaving the Valley 83
9 On My Own Two Feet in the Heartland 91
10 To Be a Teacher 107
11 Chasing My Wrestling and College Dreams 116
12 Heroes 134
13 The Route to 2000 139
14 Journey to Gold 158
15 The Miracle on the Mat 167
16 Who Am I Now? 191
17 Validation: Defending the Gold at the 2001 World Championships 203
18 Miracle in the Mountains 218
19 Another Run at the Olympics 274
20 Athens, 2004 303
21 Never Stop Pushing, Period 318
Index 327
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  • Posted March 15, 2012

    This book is about Olympic gold and bronze medalist Rulon Gardne

    This book is about Olympic gold and bronze medalist Rulon Gardner and his life from when he was young and living on his family farm to after he won his Olympic medals. Though it is an autobiography it had many great details that keep you hooked for the entire book. It really goes in depth in how Rulon keep not only his dreams alive but himself as well. This book basically writes the definition of preserver. And never quitting until you have accomplished what you want. Throughout this book you can find many ways in which to connect with it and see the struggles that we face individually and how closely they relate to someone who is considered gods among men. Rulon overcame many challenges to get where he his many things that people said couldn’t be done and he is a regular guy like you and me. This is just a flat-out amazing book to read and read again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2005

    Never Stop Pushing: My Life from a Wyoming Farm to the Olympic Medals Stand

    Can't say that initally I was enthused about reading this story, but once I opened the first page I was pretty much hooked. This is, by a great distance, the best biography/memoir I've read in recent years. While the Wyoming athlete's own personal history is very interesting and inspiring, the history of the area he is from, in western Wyoming, and how it was settled in no small part by pioneers, many of whom were women, is truly enlightening. The use of personal diaries quite enlightens about the history of the region, and how and why those from the ''real West'' are often a different breed. This is a very educational book, something I didn't expect. I'd have to recommend it to just about anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2005

    Never Stop Pushing: My Life from a Wyoming Farm to the Olympic Medals Stand

    I liked best the stories at the start of every chapter about how Rulon Gardner, the Olympic wrestler, was lost in a terrible storm in a forest in Wyoming, and then he talks about how each of the lessons he learned and challenges he faced while he was lost equated to something in his life from being a special education student-athlete to becoming the guy who had one of the biggest Olympic dramatic moments of all time when he beat the undefeated Russian wrestler. Never stop pushing is a very interesting book and I read it in two days even though it is 340 pages because it's that good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2005

    Never Stop Pushing: My Life from a Wyoming Farm to the Olympic Medals Stand

    Likely one of the few stories in the history of publishing where truth is stranger than any fiction that could have been invented. What a read! Rulon the Olympiic wrestler is apparently a descendent of Wyoming settlers in the late 1800s, another bizarre part of his unlikely path to the Olympics and fame (and heartbreak, according to this astoundingly well written book -- Rulon should consider writing other motivational biographies if this is a true indication of his writing talent). This book is equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming. His travels through the school systems in Wyoming and Nebraska and Idaho make one wonder what would have happened to this person if he had allowed himself to slip through the cracks. Way to go Rulon, and thank you for sharing your story in so much depth, and so honestly. A fantastic story, and much, much deeper than what we have been given in the media that covered Rulon Gardner mostly as a wrestler the past five years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2005

    Never Stop Pushing: My Life from a Wyoming Farm to the Olympic Medals Stand

    I was able to get my hands on a review copy this week. This book is so well written that it actually does Mr. Gardner's rural rags to riches story justice. The story runs two concurrent themes, with the night he is lost leading into the chapters, and his ascent from special education student running alongside it. By the time this emotional rollercoaster ride starts to end, the two stories dovetail quite seamlessly. I would list this among my top 10 all-genre reads this year, and the best memoir I have read in the last several years -- by a Wyoming mile. Often athletes hold back when they present their stories to the public, but it's all here in the Wyoming farmboy's biography -- the challenge of adapting to small town bias, beating back educational obstacles...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2005

    Never Stop Pushing: My Life from a Wyoming Farm to the Olympic Medals Stand

    I liked this book a lot. It's almost hard to believe everything he went through to become the world's best at his sport. But I like the stuff about his personal life on the farm the most and when he was lost and confused and how he survived a whole night lost in a Wyoming snowstorm after falling in a lake.

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