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Olympic champ considering WWE career

Montana and Wyoming\'s The Billings Gazette newspaper reports that Olympic wrestling champion Rulon Gardner is exploring the possibility of joining the WWE.

\"There\'s options, there is always options,\" the 6-foot-1, 286-pound, Gardner told reporter Joe Kusek.

Gardner says he was offered $1.5 million to join the WWE after he won a gold medal at the 2000 Summer Games in Australia. Gardner turned down the deal so he could train for the 2004 Games. Recently, Gardner has been speaking with Kurt Angle\'s personal trainer and manager, David Hawk, about approaching the WWE following the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Gardner defeated Aleksandr Karelin of Russia 1-0 to win the gold medal in the Greco-Roman competition at the 2000 Games in Australia.

In October 2000, Gardner told Sports Illustrated online that he didn\'t want to join pro wrestling because he still had goals in Greco-Roman wrestling. He was then asked about Kurt Angle\'s decision to join the WWF. \"I\'m glad for him. He is making a living,\" Garnder said. \"Wrestling is a really tough sport to make a living in. A year ago, I didn\'t make very much money at all. I could make 100 times more money if I got into the professional wrestling ring \"

In another chat, this time with Lycos in September 2000, Gardner said it\'s all about the money. \"The WWF is a thought out there, just depends on how good the money is. That\'s the good is the money?\"

-- SLAM! Wrestling.