Exclusive: Kurt Angle Confirms He Will Be Trying Out for 2012 Olympic Squad

Carrie DunnAnalyst IIJune 2, 2011

31 Jul 1996: Kurt Angle of the United States holds the American flag at the free-style wrestling competition during the Summer Olympics at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
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TNA's Kurt Angle confirmed today that he will be trying out for the US wrestling squad for the London Olympics next year.

Team tryouts are in April 2012 for the Summer Games, and Angle will be aiming for the opportunity to repeat his gold medal success from 1996.

While he is in training, he will be cutting down on his TNA commitments. He told me, "TNA gave me their blessing. I don’t have to do much [in terms of TNA shows]—maybe two to four TVs a month and a pay-per-view."

He has already started his preparation, working primarily on flexibility, plyometrics, strength and conditioning, before beginning mat work over this summer.

"When you get older, you’ve got to be smart about how you train. You don’t want to get injured," he said. "If I get injured once through this, I’ll have to throw it away."

If Angle is selected for the team—he will be 43 at the Games— he'll be the oldest wrestler ever picked for the squad. "I wanted to prove to everybody that even in your 40s, you can still do whatever you want to do," he said. 

"I was thinking about it in 2004, then I broke my neck. In 2007, I was thinking about it, and I went through a divorce and just a lot of personal problems—it wasn’t the right time. Now I’m in a good place in my life, everything is going really well and this is my last crack at it."