In the year 2000, Rulon Gardner won the Olympic gold as a 286-pound class Greco-Roman wrestler. Over ten years later, he weighs in at 474 pounds and is currently pegged to win a reality weight-loss show. How did this happen?
Rulon attributes the weight gain to getting used to bad habits. According to the show, he's happily married, so who really knows what occurred in the past decade to take an athlete from peak physical condition to this? Oh, right—NBC knows, and will likely use this information to tug at the Biggest Loser viewers' heartstrings until the end of the season.
After his weigh-in, Rulon had a few words: "Being an athlete and winning the Olympic gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling to... World Champion... to Olympic Bronze medal to... to this... is a shame, it's tragedy. It's horrifying for me and my family."
But there is light at the end of the tunnel, people! Rulon and his partner Justin seem to be the biggest competition out of the bunch. Later in the episode, they win the first challenge of the season:
Check back in around sweeps (or just stop in for the upbeat finale) because we predict a much-thinner Rulon will eventually be declared the season's winner.