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August 23, 2004
The 33-year-old Greco-Roman wrestler is in Athens and will begin defending his Olympic superheavyweight title on Aug. 23.
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August 23, 2004

Q+a Rulon Gardner

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Gardner: That's what I plan on doing.

SI: When it comes to everyday life, what's the biggest advantage of being 264 pounds?

Gardner: People move out of your way when you are coming through. And you can go to the buffet line and really handle yourself.

SI: On Feb. 14, 2002, your snowmobile dropped into a Wyoming lake, and you were stranded for 17 hours in subzero conditions. You keep the amputated middle toe from your right foot in a jar of formaldehyde in your fridge. Do you recommend refrigerating any other body parts?

Gardner: Not really [laughs]. But it is hot in Athens and you will need an air conditioner. -- Richard Deitsch

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