Kurt Angle on the 2016 Olympics, his Funny or Die skit, and more
Kurt Angle sat down with Thomas Alexander of ZooToday.com (NSFW), and discussed his future Olympic aspirations, as well as how the Funny or Die skit with Rob Van Dam came about, and plenty more.
On considering training for the 2016 Olympics:
"No! By that time I’d be 47, that’s definitely not an option for me. As I said, I found out that the requirements of the training was too much for my body to handle at this point in my career. When you make the Olympic team, that’s a milestone in itself and the training is unimaginable. The training you need to do is borderline abuse."
On his recent parody video with Funny or Die:
"They actually contacted me after hearing I was training for the Olympics. But when I got injured, they said they would like me to do it and then air it just before the start of the Games. I thought it was quite an honour to have guys such as Will Ferrell and Adam McKay want me for a project. So they asked me to pick a partner and I chose RVD as my coach. I knew he’d do an excellent job and people don’t know him like I do, he’s a really funny guy."
On the challenge of coming back from injuries:
"You know when you get older it takes longer to recover. Even with the injuries that I’ve had in the past they never really kept me on the side line very long. I always thought I was invincible.
This past year made me realise that I am not invincible anymore. That was something I learned the hard way. I would have loved to have gone to the try-outs, but twelve days before the trials is when I hurt my knee. I could’ve still gone, but I would not have been able to compete very well at all.
Having a contract with TNA, it just wasn’t worth risking any further injury. I wore a knee-brace for two and half months and was still able to pro-wrestle. In pro wrestling you can work around injuries, whereas in Olympic wrestling you just can’t do that."
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