Pittsburgh, Penn. – Professional wrestler, Kurt Angle, announced he is making a bid for the 2012 U.S. Olympic wrestling team.
In the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, Angle won a gold medal in heavyweight freestyle wrestling.
Now, at the age of 42, Angle believes he has a good shot at making the U.S. Olympic team.
“It’s not just this old man trying to lash out to get publicity. It’s about really making the team and making a point that, you know what, the 40s is not old. It’s the new young,” he told local Pittsburgh media.
He added, “I feel really good at 42, and I might be making a statement that him and I are going to start training for the Olympics and go after the U.S. Olympic team trials, and then the Olympics.”
Angle has reportedly begun vigorous training with his nephew Mark, 34, and is extremely serious about his endeavor, however, speculation abounds about whether he actually has a chance to make the Olympic team.
To read a 2009 police report regarding Angle’s alleged HGH possession, click here.
As Keith Harris at SBNation.com notes, Angle’s goal is “…still a pie in the sky fantasy. Between his age, wear and tear, lengthy layoff from the sport and all his distraction (wrestling professionally for TNA, making bad movies, pushing his line of nutritional meals, etc), the chances of him even making it to the Olympic team trials are exceptionally slim.”
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