More Rulon Gardner items to be auctioned

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More of Rulon Gardner‘s items from his decorated Olympic wrestling career will be auctioned in Salt Lake City on Saturday.

They include a commemorative ring celebrating his 2000 Olympic gold medal, autographed jerseys from John Elway and Karl Malone and a framed “Got Milk?” ad of Gardner, according to the auction house’s website and The Associated Press.

The auction will help Gardner pay off debt in a $3.9 million bankruptcy case, according to the AP.

Gardner, 43, stunned Russian Aleksander Karelin to win Olympic super heavyweight gold in 2000. He lost a toe due to frostbite in 2002, then won Olympic bronze at Athens 2004 and symbolically retired by placing his shoes on the mat.

Gardner gained more than 200 pounds after Athens, then lost much of it on “The Biggest Loser” before leaving the show due to personal reasons.

He attempted a comeback before the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials but skipped a weigh-in, saying he fell short of making the 264.5-pound limit to compete.

Gardner has since gained weight back. His Olympic gold and bronze medals were sold last year.

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