Pro Wrestling's Kurt Angle Takes Another Shot at Olympic Gold

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Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle looking to turn back time...16 years worth, to be exact. 

In 1996, Angle won gold in the heavyweight division of the freestyle wrestling competition at the Atlanta Games. 

After spending much of the next decade and a half as one of pro wrestling's preeminent figures, Angle hopes to accomplish a feat that few—if any—have ever attempted: trying for gold again, 16 years later. 

While Angle has reached the pinnacle at both the amateur (two NCAA titles) and professional levels (multiple championship belts in WWE and TNA federations), he believes now is the time to go for Olympic glory once again. 

Despite his age and critics claiming he's doing it just for the publicity, Angle has been involved in serious Olympic-style training since the middle of 2011 in an attempt to make the 2012 U.S. wrestling team. 

Bleacher Report's Why We Watch caught up with Angle in his Pittsburgh-area gym to discuss his dream of going back to the Olympics. In this exclusive interview, Angle reveals his passion for the sport and what got him to consider the idea of trying out for the Summer Games at age 43!  

The WWW feature includes commentary from B/R wrestling guru Alfred "Big Nasty" Konuwa and 1984 gold medalist Jeff Blatnick about Angle's chances of realizing his dream.

 

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