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Rulon Gardner Lucky or Unlucky?

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This morning we heard Rulon Gardner relive the frightening moments of his latest brush with death. As our KSL reporter Andrew Adams referred to the Olympic Gold Medalist as "Lucky", I couldn't help but wonder if Rulon isn't unlucky too. Most of us have never had to survive being frostbitten and stranded in the mountains after snowmobiling. We've not found ourselves flying head over heels in the air after our motorcycle crashed into a car, and I'd be surprised if anyone else had actually impaled themselves and then walked ourselves right into an emergency room for treatment. Now, he's survived a plane crash after swimming a mile across Lake Powell. Phew! He's either really lucky, unlucky or both. I'm sure that while his plane was going down he was incredulous and felt pretty unlucky as he had to jump into the 45 degree water. It's probably only after making it on shore, towelling off, and reaching safety that he felt lucky once again. After all the difficult stories of loss we've had in the Utah community over the last few weeks, it was nice to see fate bring Rulon some luck again.


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Rebecca Cressman


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