The year was 1996 when Kurt Angle won an Olympic Gold Medal, and now, over a decade and a half later, he’s at least considering trying to do it again. In a recent interview with Pittsburgh’s WTAE Channel 4 Action news, Angle (42) admitted that he and his nephew Mark (34) have discussed the possibility of making a run at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Mark, like his uncle, was an All-American wrestler at Clarion University.
“It’s not just this old man trying to lash out to get publicity. It’s about really making the team and making a point that, you know what, the 40s is not old. It’s the new young. I feel really good at 42, and I might be making a statement that him and I are going to start training for the Olympics and go after the U.S. Open, the Olympic team trials, and then the Olympics.”
Angle, who was granted his release from the WWE in 2006 due to health concerns, has been the subject of concern in the past due to the belief that he pushes himself to a dangerous degree.
“Everyone asks me, ‘How can you do all of these things?’ And I always tell them I’ll rest when I die. I don’t rest very much. I like to do things, I like to accomplish things, and I have a passion for everything that I do, including pro wrestling, and I miss the Olympic wrestling.”
In the same interview, Angle admitted that if another movie role arises before he begins training, it could potentially derail his Olympic effort. Angle can currently be seen in Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, which is in theaters now. For the sake of Kurt Angle’s well-being, I hope he winds up on the silver screen instead of on an Olympic wrestling mat. Let’s hope that if another movie role does come his way, though, that it’s a little better than his last exploit.