Angle pulls out of Olympic Trials
Kurt Angle has survived steel chairs, low blows and dastardly double-crosses in the choreographed world of pro wrestling.
But Angle couldn’t continue on the amateur circuit when his own body betrayed him with a series of injuries that ended his improbable run at making the U.S. team for the London Olympics.
On Thursday, the former Olympic gold medalist and TNA Wrestling star backed out of next week’s U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa. The 43-year-old Angle was planning on competing for a spot on the U.S. freestyle team headed to the London Games this summer.
Angle partially tore the MCL in his right knee during training on Monday to finish off the longshot bid. He also tore his right hamstring during a training session last month.
“I feel like it was a waste of time,” Angle said Thursday. “I get the worst injury I’ve gotten in the last year. I’ve had four or five injuries, but I’ve worked around them. This one, I can’t work around.”
US Olympic Team coach Zeke Jones advised Angle to withdraw from the U.S trials set for April 21-22 at the University of Iowa.
“We have such incredible, awesome competition, that with my MCL injury, they would have torn me apart,” Angle said.
Last updated: 8:10 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012