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Following the final wrestling match – the bronze medal clinching match - of his career at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece, Rulon Gardner left his wrestling shoes at the center of the mat as a ceremonial farewell to his sport. Gardner stated “To leave them on the mat meant I left everything on the mat as a wrestler." In wrestling, it’s traditional to do this following your last match as it pays homage the wrestling gods.
Though this same tradition does not hold true in…