901-754-9404
My List0

We've now made it easier for you to research and save your favorite keynotes speakers. Click on the + sign to add a speaker to your Speaker List and email your favorites to colleagues and friends.

}
back to Speakers
Rulon Gardner, Attitude Speaker

Rulon Gardner

    Olympic Gold and Bronze Medalist, Greco-Roman Wrestling

    Biggest Loser Contestant

Fee Range

$7,500 - $10,000

Travels From

Utah

Sweet Success: A conversation with Rulon Gardner

Sweet Success: A conversation with Rulon Gardner

Olympic wrestling medalist Rulon Gardner speaks at Decorah

Olympic wrestling medalist Rulon Gardner speaks at Decorah

Rulon Gardner was born on August 16, 1971 in Afton, Wyoming. Rulon is the youngest of nine children born to Reed and Virginia Gardner. Raised on a dairy farm where they grew their own crops and milked cows twice a day, there was never a shortage of work to be done. In school, he struggled with reading speed and comprehension but with the help and support of his family, was able to successfully complete high school and earn a wrestling scholarship to Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho. From Ricks College, Rulon Gardner received a Division 1 scholarship to wrestle for the University of Nebraska.

Rulon’s wrestling career began when he was six years old when he began to compete in an annual wrestling tournament held in Star Valley, Wyoming. He competed throughout junior high and high school and continued until he graduated from the University of Nebraska.

After graduation from the University of Nebraska with a degree in physical education, Rulon continued his wrestling career as he dedicated himself full-time to training for the U.S.A. Olympic team.

When he won the Olympic gold medal for Greco-Roman wrestling at the 2000 games in Sydney, Australia, Rulon became the pride of a nation and a new American hero. In an amazing contest of rookie vs. veteran, and the United States versus Russia, Rulon captivated the world when he took the gold from three-time Olympic gold medalist Alexander Karelin.

Following his victory, Rulon Gardner was named the Sportsman of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee and also received the US Olympic Spirit Award. In 2001, he was given the James E. Sullivan Memorial Award for the nation's top amateur athlete who succeeds in athletic excellence, character, leadership, and sportsmanship. His accomplishments, along with his work ethic, make Gardner an inspiring sports speaker.

Gardner recently appeared as a contestant of the NBC television program The Biggest Loser, and is back in a familiar role, inspiring hope and personifying courage. Rulon’s achievements on the program were nothing short of astonishing. After reaching his competitive training weight, Rulon chose to leave the show in support of his wife and to begin the next chapter of his life.

The courage and determination that Rulon has shown in his pursuit of excellence further solidifies his status as a truly inspirational individual. 

His achievements embody the spirit of a champion — determination, self-confidence and the drive to win in spite of overwhelming obstacles. An engaging and inspirational speaker, Rulon shares his story of dedication, motivation and sacrifice and instills in his audience a true winning spirit. Offering valuable insights into the actual cost of peak performance, Rulon Gardner guides audiences down his path to Olympic gold - and ultimately into American legend. In a presentation which highlights his experiences on the mat, Gardner teaches that through individual greatness, teams are built and motivation is inspired. 

To book overcoming adversity and Olympic speaker Rulon Gardner call Executive Speakers Bureau at 800-754-9404.

Never Give Up, Never Stop Trying: 7 Steps to Success

  1. Go Back to the Basics
  2. Turn the Negatives into Positives
  3. Aim High When You're Feeling Low
  4. Enlist Others
  5. Train Hard
  6. Take Care of Business
  7. Don't Rest on Your Laurels

Go Back To The Basics

Aim High When You are Feeling Low

Speaking Topics:

Related Speakers

Tim Clue - Speaker

Tim Clue

Humorous Motivational Speaker & Host

Jim Karol, speaker

Jim Karol

World's Greatest Mentalist

Joe Mull

Joe Mull

Host of the instructional YouTube series Your Practice Ain’t Perfect

Steve Uzzell, Personal Growth Speaker

Steve Uzzell

Renowned National Geographic Photographer and Authority on Creative Problem Solving

Scott McKain, Speaker

Scott McKain

Consultant for the World’s Most Influential Corporations

Jackie Freiberg, Speaker

Jackie Freiberg

International Best-selling Author

Ivory Dorsey, Overcoming Adversity Speaker

Ivory Dorsey

A Multi-Dimensional Speaker Helping Organizations and Individuals Respond to the Challenge of Change.

Tom Dreesen, Entertainment Speaker

Tom Dreesen

Emcee

Billie Jordan, speaker

Billie Jordan

New Zealand Woman of the Year 2016

Mike Robbins Speaker

Mike Robbins

Former MLB Pitcher

Shelley Morrison, Cancer Speaker

Shelley Morrison

Actress and Cancer Survivor

Mia Hamm Speaker

Mia Hamm

Soccer Legend and Founder of the Mia Hamm Foundation

Testimonials

"You all were awesome to work with and helped make my life easier when planning these events. Thanks so much!” 

 

Testimonial

"Thanks so much for working on this engagement with us. It’s been a very pleasant experience. We will definitely include ESB in our sea..

Testimonial

"They have booked me to speak at events for over a decade and their professional approach and client focus is unmatched in the industry. I am..

Garrison Wynn, Sales Speaker

"Thank you, both, for making last night possible! You have been such a Joy to work with and I appreciate everything you did for us! I can't s..

Salvation Army

Our bank has held an annual business and economic conference for the past 9 years.  We have worked with Executive Speakers every year an..

I’ve used the services of a number of speakers bureaus in the past. However, my current experience working with the Executive Speakers ..

I want to thank you for all of your assistance you and Jenny were wonderful. If it had not been for you sending me suggestions I would not ha..

Bridgeworks was awesome!!! Great feedback from all!! Thanks for all of your collaboration and positive we'll use you in the future.  

You ladies really are the BEST!  After this event I am going to be on the hunt for keynote speakers in May.  I really want to work ..

The Nebraska Hospital Association along with numerous other state hospital associations have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Execut..

Need Suggestions? Have Questions?

Need Suggestions? Have Questions?

Call to discuss how we can you help find the right speaker(s) for your organization.

Get Ideas in 1 hour or less

Executive Speakers Bureau consistently receives praises about our speed and efficiency. From the beginning of your event planning, our extensive online speaker database and resourceful staff allow us to quickly equip you with the best speaker for your event.

Need a last minute speaker? No worries. Our speed and efficiency help us give you ideas for speakers in one hour or less.

Please fill in information below