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(4Utah.com)   Olympic gold medalist Rulon Gardner survives plane crash into Lake Powell   (abc4.com) divider line 62
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2007-02-25 08:45:52 PM
heh that dude is one lucky farker, he could have died years ago in that other thingy
 
2007-02-25 08:51:17 PM
He was heard later saying "I told you I was hardcore"
 
2007-02-25 08:53:52 PM
Gardner won a gold medal in Greco Roman wrestling in the 2000 Olympics, but also made headlines after an snowmobile accident in 2002 during which he lost a toe to frost-bite.

this guy needs to rethink what he's doing
 
2007-02-25 11:04:52 PM
If any of you have ever been to Lake Powell then you would know that he is extra lucky when you factor in all the canyon walls. Yes there is alot of open lake but LOTS of canyon walls to crash into. This isnt the firt plane to crash there.
Tons of movies and videos are filmed there every year. Bon Jovi for one.
 
2007-02-26 12:11:51 AM
From TFA:
The Cirrus SR22 plane sank completely.

Interesting, same type of plane that Cory Lidle got killed in. What's up with that?
 
2007-02-26 12:14:40 AM
9.2
 
2007-02-26 12:15:16 AM
i want him to start picking my lottery numbers for me.

/don't really play lottery much
//just when its a really big jackpot
///or keno when i'm drunk
 
2007-02-26 12:15:42 AM
Where did they bury the survivors?
 
2007-02-26 12:17:24 AM
Some folk'll never lose a toe, but then again some folk'll...
 
2007-02-26 12:18:48 AM
ctobio

Interesting, same type of plane that Cory Lidle got killed in. What's up with that?

The Cirrus is a great airplane. It is powerful, very well equiped and designed, and has some unique safety features.

I'm not saying anything about the pilot in this case because I don't know what happened, but the Cirrus tends to attract alot of wealthy, lower time pilots who want what is pretty much a flying Jaguar. Sometimes it's too much airplane for them to handle.

/Cirrus, it's the new Bonanza!
 
2007-02-26 12:18:58 AM
Interesting, same type of plane that Cory Lidle got killed in. What's up with that?

It's a popular rich new pilot aircraft because its supposeive safety because of the CAPs system parachute. Too bad in many cases it's too much aircraft for many new pilots (310hp engine), thus you end up with spectacular crashes. It's the Bonanza/C210 for the new generation of new dead pilots.
 
2007-02-26 12:19:05 AM
Red, 2 points for the escape
 
2007-02-26 12:19:09 AM
someone needs to buy this guy a couch and a tv and tell him to stay the fark home!
 
2007-02-26 12:19:25 AM
So does this mean he still has a chance to eat some of the other passengers?
 
2007-02-26 12:19:52 AM
Maybe Rulon Gardner just needs to lay low for a little while.
 
2007-02-26 12:26:22 AM
AU_Aviator

Beat me by ten seconds.

/Bonanza the Doctor Killer
//Cessna 210 the Lawyer Killer
///Cirrus the Athlete Killer
 
2007-02-26 12:26:42 AM
He's also a heck of a MMA fighter. That part of his life is just getting going. It would suck to lose him right now....
As opposed to any other time, I guess. Makes me sound like less of an ass.
 
2007-02-26 12:29:00 AM
A vote for me is a vote for glider pilots. When we crash into something we bounce right off.
 
2007-02-26 12:33:16 AM
Heh, I read the 'Scary' tag as meaning it was scary that he survived.

/maybe I'm weird though
 
2007-02-26 12:33:16 AM
"interesting, same type of plane that Cory Lidle got killed in. What's up with that?"


It's not a bad plane, it's just the fact that people don't know how to fly it properly. This is the same for the Mitsubishi MU-2.
 
2007-02-26 12:40:06 AM
I don't get it... I google earthed "Lake Powell UT" and it sends me to the middle of a desert.
 
2007-02-26 12:47:51 AM
I hate Lake Powell. I want Glenn Canyon back.
 
2007-02-26 12:47:57 AM
Rulon needs to wake up and realize that god is keeping him alive for one reason... he is the man to challenge fedor!
 
2007-02-26 12:50:50 AM
that guy just can't die
 
2007-02-26 12:58:50 AM
costa,

I'd pay good money to see that.
 
2007-02-26 01:01:19 AM
This was the same guy who couldn't read, right?

And jesus, is that a picture of him now?
 
2007-02-26 01:02:36 AM
He's also a heck of a MMA fighter. That part of his life is just getting going. It would suck to lose him right now....
As opposed to any other time, I guess. Makes me sound like less of an ass.


Thing is, even though he's got great MMA credentials and skills, he's not going to go anywhere in the sport - by his own decision.

Here's a guy with a fantastic wrestling pedigree (think better than Randy Couture, Dan Henderson, Mark Coleman, Matt Lindland...) but by all accounts "just doesn't like hurting people". He has all it takes, but just doesn't really want to be part of the sport.

Shame really... I love MMA, and would like to see what Rulon Gardner could unleash if he were in a bad mood.
 
2007-02-26 01:04:02 AM
MWeather
Hydroelectric dam?
 
2007-02-26 01:09:44 AM
Feedbag: fantastic wrestling pedigree

peh. he had one truly great tourney, and beat a legend, Karelin, who was out of shape having just come from a Russian Parlimentary session, and in a new type of overtime period (clench) that Karelin had never wrestled in.

that and it was the most boring olympic heavy weight final I had ever seen, and that is saying something.
 
2007-02-26 01:14:27 AM
did he stick the landing?

if so, i'd give it a 9
 
2007-02-26 01:17:54 AM
This guy is the ultimate lunkhead. He needs to sit home by the fire. But no chainsaws for cutting wood or anything.
 
2007-02-26 01:17:54 AM
What Lake Powell? Isn't it almost gone from the droughts and evaporation? Just wait a few more years, MWeather; you'll get your canyon back.
 
2007-02-26 01:18:19 AM
I agree with beaverfetus. I felt terrible for Karelin watching that bout. Robbed of his 4th gold on a technicality. Not to take anything away from Gardner, but that method of overtime resolution was worse than a soccer shootout.
 
2007-02-26 01:18:40 AM
beaverfetus

True enough, I'm not claiming he'll be forever remembered as a wrestling legend. None the less, they don't just hand out olympic wrestling slots, much less gold medals. I mean, add any rule you like, Karelin would still make the likes of you and I into a very painful pretzel shape. Couture never even made the Olympics, yet his wrestling skills are/were supreme in MMA. Gardner made the olympics and won the medal.

Regardless, the point is he's got the wrestling ability to completely dominate pretty much every non-elite grappler out there. But doesn't want to do MMA, because he'd have to hurt people.
 
2007-02-26 01:30:28 AM
Feedbag: Regardless, the point is he's got the wrestling ability to completely dominate pretty much every non-elite grappler out there. But doesn't want to do MMA, because he'd have to hurt people.


aye. Honestly just wanted to see if anyone else gave a shiat about wrestling.

/wrestled for 11 years
//tried to do some MMA in college and didn't find it that fun
///do you know they try to choke you?! wtf....
 
2007-02-26 01:32:03 AM
Primum non nocere: I agree with beaverfetus. I felt terrible for Karelin watching that bout. Robbed of his 4th gold on a technicality. Not to take anything away from Gardner, but that method of overtime resolution was worse than a soccer shootout.


i've lost a clench just like Kaerlin btw. It's all about the starting grip you get, and how much your palms sweat.
 
2007-02-26 02:32:48 AM
Beaverfetus
"peh. he had one truly great tourney, and beat a legend, Karelin, who was out of shape having just come from a Russian Parlimentary session, and in a new type of overtime period (clench) that Karelin had never wrestled in."

you're kidding right? Karelin never had a point scored on him for 6 years and Gardner had plenty of tourney's he won. He was a greco roman stud. Beyond the fact of the overtime rules no one had come close to beating Karelin even if Gardner lost he still was very impressive to battle Karlin so equally.
 
2007-02-26 02:57:25 AM
"There may be a higher plan out there for me ..."

Me thinks a "Higher Plane" would make ALL the difference.

"and you're always wondering what difference am I supposed to make," said Gardner.

One mans story of his single handed efforts to disprove Darwin.
 
2007-02-26 04:37:02 AM
Interesting, same type of plane that Cory Lidle got killed in. What's up with that?

The difference is that Cory Lidle flew directly into a building. Slightly different circumstances.

Still, I'd be locking myself in my bedroom for a few days if I was Rulon Gardner. I wouldn't want to find myself in a "Final Destination" situation for hulky jock types.
 
2007-02-26 06:04:03 AM
Temptation: He's also a heck of a MMA fighter. That part of his life is just getting going. It would suck to lose him right now....

1-0.

so its ok if he dies
 
2007-02-26 06:17:01 AM
This guy is the Jack Whittaker of Olympians
 
2007-02-26 06:54:32 AM
Gardner, his pilot friend Randy Brooks and Randy's brother, Les were returning from a day at Lake Powell on Brooks' house boat. They were making a return flight in Randy Brooks' Cirrus SR22 single engine plane over the lake. Gardner said they decided to fly low over the water. Brooks banked the plane to the left. "His brother [Les] said, 'watch the wheels,' and right as he said that we caught the first wheel... the left rear landing gear, and it skipped us and we skipped one more time," said Gardner, "that's when we made the direct impact with the water."

.....

Sounds like a plane full of stupid to me.
 
2007-02-26 07:50:25 AM
Who the hell does low passes over water at 150 miles an hour? As a pilot myself I am hard pressed to find any reason to do something like that. I fly Cessna 172SP's and weight shift trikes, and even in the slow, easy flying trike its dangerous to do low passes over water because its hard to judge your distance above the surface, with the reflections and what not.
 
2007-02-26 08:31:38 AM
This is the West-of-the-Pecos version of "Hey, y'all, watch this!"
 
2007-02-26 09:20:39 AM

http://www.glencanyon.org/library/water.php

Due to its high desert location and huge surface area, Lake Powell loses an average of 860,000 AF (acre feet) of water annually to evaporation and bank seepage. Glen Canyon Dam is unnecessary and counterproductive to the water storage and delivery purposes for which it was built. Each year, enough water is wasted by the dam to supply the entire City of Los Angeles. That's three times Nevada's annual allotment and enough to supply the Salt Lake Valley for five years. It essentially serves as a water meter to measure the upper basin's delivery to the lower basin, however it is a "leaky faucet" which makes delivering that water more difficult for the upper basin.

Lake Powell loses more than 6% of the Colorado River's annual flow - more than three times Nevada's annual allotment.

Since completion of the Dam, more than 34 MAF of Lake Powell water has been lost to evaporation and bank storage.

The water lost is Upper Basin water: Glen Canyon Dam actually makes it more difficult to fulfill the delivery requirement of 82.3 MAF of water to the Lower Basin.


As the demand for water in the Southwest steadily grows, the utility of a reservoir that wastes nearly 1 MAF every year is suspect. In San Diego water prices, based upon the price used in the ongoing negotiations for the sale of Colorado River water by the Imperial Irrigation District to San Diego, the water lost at Lake Powell each year is worth $225 million dollars. The fair market value of the water wasted by Glen Canyon Dam is far greater than the net income from the sale of electricity produced by the dam; essentially, the "fuel" costs more than the product being produced. Since 1963, more than 34 MAF of water has been lost from Lake Powell; worth about 9 billion dollars.
 
2007-02-26 09:20:43 AM
I've even luckier than Rulon Gardner. I was never in a snowmobile accident, and never crashed into a frigid lake.

But hats off to him for his survival skills, and beating this guy, the most fearsome competitor in Olympic history.
 
2007-02-26 09:43:53 AM
"Gardner said ... he sank quickly at first because of the muscle on his massive frame."

Modest, isn't he?
 
2007-02-26 10:01:36 AM
I hope he was an Olympic diver
 
2007-02-26 10:19:55 AM
Needs the dumbass tag for unsafe flying. Still - glad to hear that they made it.
 
2007-02-26 10:20:51 AM
Wow, I dunno whether to say that God hates Rulon, or really loves him, but either way, God sure digs farking with the man.
 
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