Source: John Dudley of GoErie.com
In a recent interview, former TNA World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle commented that he believed his chances of going to the 2012 Olympics are “slim to none.” When discussing why he believed he might not be able to make it to this year’s Olympics, Angle noted that his body is beaten up and broken from the training. You can scroll down to read the highlights from the article or you can click here to read the article in full. Enjoy!
On His Experience at the 1996 Olympics:
When I did it in ’96, I didn’t really focus in,” said Angle, who was in Edinboro last week to train with Fighting Scots assistant coaches Pat Bradshaw and Joe Fendone. “I don’t remember the Opening Ceremonies. I don’t remember my matches. There was a lot of pressure on me then to win, like it was something I had to do, not something I really enjoyed.
On His Chances of Making the Olympic Team This Year:
Slim to none. I’m 43 years old and I’m not as good as I used to be, obviously, but I believe I can still contend.
On Why He Doesn’t Think He’ll Make it This Year:
I’ve beaten myself up a lot. When I came back and started working out for the Olympics this time, I kept getting hurt. I popped a patellar tendon, then I popped an Achilles, then I blew out my hamstring. I went to my doctor and said, ‘What’s going on? I’m a machine, I don’t get hurt.’ He said, ‘You’re over 40, things are gonna happen to you unless you train.’ So I spent four months training just to get ready to get back on the mat.