New update: Friday, April 20 at 5 p.m. ET
The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.), citing unnamed sources, says Rulon Gardner "isn't expected to make weight."
Update: Friday, April 20 at 12:32 p.m. ET
According to LAtimes.com's Helene Elliott, Rulon Gardner said over a phone interview Thursday that he was still 15 lbs over the 264.5 lbs limit to qualify for his weight class.
Gardner said Thursday in a phone interview that he was about 280 pounds, about 15 over the 264.5-pound weight limit for his division, but he was confident he would sweat the pounds off in time for a Friday weigh-in. He must get under the limit in order to compete for the one U.S. Olympic team berth in his class for the London Games.
The comeback of Gardner isn't entirely complete, but the 2000 Greco-Roman gold medalist is doing all he can to make one last push in his storied career.
Gardner is most famous for his defeat over Russian star Alexander Karelin at the 2000 Summer Games in the 130 kg class in Sydney. The win was a shocker, as Karelin was easily considered the best in the sport.
At this second Olympic Games in 2004, Gardner came up short, just earning the bronze in the 120 kg class.
Gardner would become extremely overweight, reaching a high of 474 lbs., as noted in a USA Today recap of his stint on The Biggest Loser.
Now at 40 years old, Gardner is fighting for a last shot, battling obesity and age to once again potentially hoist the American flags.
According to the Associated Press, Gardner was nearing his return to the 120 kg class, but still had to shed off another 25 lbs as of April 6.
The deadline for Gardner's unlikely and somewhat mysterious comeback as a Greco-Roman heavyweight is April 20. That's when the 40-year-old Gardner -- known lately for his stint on NBC's "The Biggest Loser" -- must weigh no more than 264.5 pounds to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City, Iowa.
Gardner told The Associated Press in a phone interview ... that he's "close to 290" pounds, which is slightly above his goal with two weeks to go.