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Gardner battles to rebuild his life

Updated: February 14, 2003, 12:45 AM ET
By Cynthia Faulkner | ESPN.com

Rulon Gardner sat against a tree trapped in a Wyoming forest, his wet clothes frozen so stiff he could hardly stand or sit as temperatures dipped to 25-below. Gardner recalled a vivid image of a frozen Jack Nicholson in the movie "The Shining," disturbed that's how his family might discover his body -- completely frozen.

A series of bad decisions nearly killed him a year ago on Valentine's Day. They still might keep him from defending his Olympic title. While he was away from competition, ...

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