• Name: Kurt Steven Angle
  • Birth: 9 December 1968
  • Height: 1.83 m
  • Weight: 99.8 kg
  • Chest size: 45 inches
  • Waist size: 36 inches
  • Biceps: 17 inches
  • Best win: junior freestyle champion 1987

WIKI: Kurt Angle

“I'm in professional wrestling, which is what I do for a living. I coordinate stunts. I memorize them.”- Kurt Angle

All of these terms have been used to describe one of professional wrestling's leading champions and undoubtedly its most well-known athlete, physically fit Kurt Angle. He is “The Olympic Gold Medalist”, “The Wrestling Machine”, and “The Olympic Hero”. He is the only specialist wrestler in history to win an Olympic gold medal in wrestling. Kurt Angle's rise to the top of the creative and frequently acrimonious professional game may have been expected.

Early life of Kurt Angle

On December 9, 1968, Kurt Angle was born in the Pennsylvanian town of Mount Lebanon Township, a suburb of Pittsburgh. He is Jackie and Dave Angle's eldest child. His four older brothers are Johnny, Eric, Mark, and David. In 2003, his sister Le'Anne passed away. When he was 16 years old, in 1984, he lost his father. Later, he would make his father the subject of his autobiography, It's True! It's True!, published in 2001, as well as his memoir, It's True! It's True! 

Kurt Angle began wrestling when he was seven years old while attending "Mt. Lebanon High School" in Pittsburgh. He also participated in football concurrently, earning varsity letters in each sport. Later, while continuing to wrestle at the amateur level, he enrolled at the "Clarion University of Pennsylvania" to study education. He started training for the 1996 "Summer Olympics" at the "Pennsylvanian Fox catcher Club" under Coach Dave Schultz after receiving his undergraduate degree in 1993. 

Personal life

Kurt Angle wed his girlfriend, Karen Smedley, on December 19, 1998. She gave birth to their son Kody on October 26, 2006 and their daughter Kyra on December 2, 2002. Smedley sought a divorce from her husband of nearly ten years in September 2008.

In the 'End Game' scene, he runs across the actress Giovanna Yannotti. Several stories claim that they got engaged in 2010. On January 22, 2011, a daughter named Giuliani Marie, their first child, was born. The union took place on July 20, 2012. Their other two daughters, born on December 31, 2012 and November 5, 2016 respectively, were Nicolette Sky and Sophia Laine. It was reported that Angle and his wife were adopting a son from Bulgaria by the name of Ivan.

Kurt with his Wife & Children

Training of Kurt Steven Angle

Kurt Angle worked really hard to get a gold medal at the Olympics. The future WWE Champion put in countless hours of preparation for the Atlanta Games in 1996 and, despite being the underdog, took home the gold medal. 

Kurt Angle endured a difficult ordeal while preparing for the Olympics. He wasn't the biggest or the strongest man in the competition. He used his strength and stamina to wear out his opponents, nevertheless.

The gold medalist discussed his rigorous training regimen and journey to becoming a top athlete on the Kurt Angle Show.

“Oh my God, I would work out for nine to ten hours every day. Because I got involved in this exhaust training method, which involves working out until you're fatigued and then starting the training, it was incredibly challenging. So you exercise until you are unable to continue standing, and then you resume exercising.”

Angle won the Olympic gold medal thanks to his perseverance and tenacity, which may seem unlikely. The top wrestlers from Mongolia, Iran, Cuba, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine were easily defeated by him.

“It performed incredibly nicely. My physical condition improved dramatically. Since I wasn't the best, the strongest, or the biggest, the only way I could have won the Olympic gold medal was if I had never tired and had worn down my competitors. Although I wasn't particularly technical, I did have strong lungs and stamina.”

He discussed his daily training schedule in the podcast. Although nine to ten hours of training each week sounds incredibly challenging, Angle's thorough explanation makes the task seem doable.

"I would work out for about two hours in the morning. I used to run seven miles, perform 200-yard hill sprints, return to the air dyne for 30 minutes of jogging, and then spend 30 minutes in the sauna. I would review wrestling techniques in the afternoon. I would engage in live wrestling for one and a half hours before returning to conditioning.”

“I would perform my plyometric, isometric, heavyweight training, and further conditioning during the night. Therefore, I was working nine to ten hours a day, seven days a week. I only took one day off every month.”

His 20 to 25-minute great matches against the likes of Steve Austin, Brock Lesnar, Undertaker, and Shawn Michaels may have benefited from his hard training.

Workouts of Kurt

Kurt Angle approached working out like a full-time job because that was the only way to do it to succeed. Angle put in more than 8 hours a day of training, which included cardio, weightlifting, isometric exercises, and mat wrestling. He used to just take one or two days off each month.

He trained as a weightlifter, though, before joining WWE. Kurt has unique ruptures so he could work out every body area every week. One day was devoted to legs, another to the back, and so on. After joining WWE, Angle never worked out for more than an hour, and he often worked out four to five days per week.

And now that he is a little older, he needs to think more deeply about health and performance. Kurt works in giant-set or superset fashion because he wants to accomplish as much as he can in a short amount of time. He receives his cardiovascular aid by not taking a break in between sets.

He may perform up to 30 sets plus cardio in under one hour, but those 30 sets will undoubtedly work every muscle in his body. He still works out five to six days a week, but he feels like he accomplishes so much more. 

“We take pride in making our Knockouts Division about wrestling, not about looking pretty.”- Kurt Angle

Diet Plan of Kurt

As a wrestler Kurt Angle lives a disciplined lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and a tough fitness regimen. Even at 55, he looks as fit as any young wrestler and is the King of the Ring.

He feels that eating a well-balanced diet is just as vital as working out to keep fit. To keep his ripped body, he eats a high protein, low carb, moderate fat diet. Kurt Angle's diet consists of the following items:

  • His typical breakfast consists of egg whites and low-sugar oatmeal.
  • He has two chicken breasts and a huge salad for lunch.
  • He drinks a protein shake after lunch.
  • He enjoys steak prepared by his wife with a huge dish of salad for dinner.
  • He has another protein shake after dinner.
  • He eats popcorn with his daughter at night and has one last protein shake before bed. 

“After a protein drink in the middle of the morning, I typically have three chicken breasts and five ounces of rice for lunch. Mid-afternoon, I have another shake; dinner is salmon, veggies, and salad; and I have two more shakes right before bed. Every two hours, I try to eat.”

Kurt Angle's Injuries

Throughout Kurt Steven Angle whole career as an active in-ring performer, Kurt Angle was such a passionate entertainer. He built a career out of fighting through ailments, which over the years took a serious toll on his body. With that said, let's examine each significant injury Kurt Angle experienced over the course of his illustrious career.

Even though this may not have happened during Kurt Angle's professional wrestling career, overcoming this injury helped shape who he is now. Angle had two cracked cervical vertebrae, herniated discs, and pulled four muscles while competing in the 1996 Olympic trials, yet he still managed to win the competition and secure a spot on the US Olympic team.

Then, even though he wasn't fully healthy, he spent the following five months recovering from the injuries and getting ready for the Olympics. Despite the injury, he went on to win the heavyweight championship, giving him the chance to boast that he had won the gold medal despite having a freaking broken neck.

Kurt Angle has a history of bothersome neck ailments, and the first setback he experienced after starting his professional wrestling career occurred in 2003 following the conclusion of his WWE Championship battle against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 19.

Dr. Hae-Dong Jho operated on him in the neck to treat intervertebral disc issues, calcium buildup, bone spurs, and injury to the nerves and spinal cord. Angle chose a less common procedure in which Dr. Jho merely removed the spurs and damaged disc fragments. Before he was able to return in June 2003, he had to spend the following three months in rehabilitation.

Kurt Angle need yet another surgery in 2004 as his neck continued to cause him problems. He competed for the WWE Championship against Eddie Guerrero at WrestleMania 20 despite being injured, but he was unable to take home the prize that night.

After WrestleMania, he needed another treatment to fix the injury to his neck and had to take a break from in-ring competition. He did, however, swiftly return to WWE as the SmackDown General Manager on screen.

Kurt Angle and neck injuries had developed into an unbreakable love affair by the time the Olympic gold winner was injured again in 2008 while competing for Impact Wrestling.

He didn't have surgery this time, either, and instead took some time off to recover before resuming his in-ring duties. When he faced off against The Phenomenal One, he appeared better than ever after winning some fantastic battles against AJ Styles.

Kurt Angle didn't experience any significant neck issues following the 2008 accident, but in 2014, following an injury incurred after the company's January 2014 European tour, his knee began to bother him.

He was sidelined for almost eight weeks as a result of the damage requiring arthroscopic knee surgery. EC3 and Rockstar Spud were defeated by him and Jeff Hardy when he made his comeback in April 2014 at the Sacrifice pay-per-view.

Just two months after making his comeback following the initial surgery, Kurt Angle suffered another knee injury. After receiving a beating from EC3, he decided to give up on television and got ready for another one.

After undergoing surgery to repair the ACL damage in May 2014, he was unable to compete in matches for the remainder of the year. He then returned to competitive wrestling in January 2015 when he defeated MVP in a street brawl on the January 7, 2015, Impact Wrestling programme.

In July 2015, Kurt Angle was placed in a precarious situation as he needed to have two surgeries back-to-back for various ailments. His neck's benign tumour was removed during the initial procedure. Only a week after the initial procedure, he required emergency surgery to drain the fluid that had accumulated on his spinal cord when all of his extremities became numb.

The Olympic gold medalist had a very busy week since he dealt with one medical problem after another. He was sidelined for an additional two months until making his comeback at the Bound for Glory pay-per-view in October 2015, where he defeated Eric Young in a no-disqualification match.

“I'm not going to be a guy that retires and keeps coming back. When I'm gone, I'm gone. Same thing as amateur wrestling; when I won the world championships in Olympics, I left and I never went back. Same for pro.” - Kurt Angle

Controversy

Since his stint in the WWE, Kurt Angle has come in for harsh criticism for his use of painkillers and performance-enhancing medications, and it was his drug use that caused him to leave the WWE in disgrace.

Numerous people worried that Angle would pass away, but TNA Impact Wrestling took the troubled star in and helped him. Angle's accusation that the police were attempting to make an example of him makes it clear that he has problems, and there is concern that things may only get worse.

Angle never failed a drug test for painkillers, despite claims made by numerous outside parties, particularly news organizations like "Sports Illustrated." He did, however, fail a steroid test administered in accordance with WWE's Wellness Policy in 2006, but only because his nandrolone prescription had run out.

 Over the years, Angle has encountered the law a few times, primarily as a result of drunk driving. He faced charges for the first time in 2008, twice in 2011, and once more in 2013. He has already served a ten-day suspended sentence and paid fines for his offence. He entered a treatment facility after the 2013 incident.

After his then-girlfriend, model Trenesha Biggers, obtained a protection from abuse order against him, he was detained in August 2009. "Driving when operating privilege is suspended, banned activities-possession, harassment, and forbidden acts," were the accusations he was facing. These charges were ultimately withdrawn. The two men, Angle and Biggers, decided never to speak again.

Throughout his career, Kurt Angle has created unforgettable moments in almost every aspect of wrestling. Few wrestlers have ever mastered the diverse skill set necessary to transition from having enduring comic parts to having technical wrestling classics. That does not imply that Angle's experiences in the realm of wrestling were always ideal.

Kurt Angle's Championships

Kurt Angle, an Olympic gold medalist, is one of the most skilled wrestlers in WWE history. In addition to his incredible skills in the ring, Angle was a natural on the mic thanks to his great comedic segments like "Sexy Kurt." He had a masterful ability to transition effortlessly from humorous genius to real badass. 
Because of this, he remained with the business throughout his peak. From owning numerous mid-card titles to multiple world title reigns, he consistently held the gold. Angle flourished in every position on the roster, and each of his WWE championship wins has a special significance.

During this time, Angle was at the peak of his game and was consistently producing masterpieces for Smack Down. He defeated Big Show at Armageddon as a result, winning the WWE Championship for the third time.

Lesnar assisted Angle in winning the belt before Angle turned on him, setting up an epic feud. Angle continued to successfully defend the championship while Lesnar went on to win the Royal Rumble. This resulted in their historic WrestleMania match, which Angle won by defeating Lesnar.

Achievements

Throughout his lengthy career as a wrestler, the celebrity won numerous accolades. As a prize for succeeding in his wrestling debut, Kurt Angle's gold medal ranks first. 

  • 2002: WWE Championship 
  • 2001: WWЕ Hardcore Championship
  • 2001: WWE United States Championship
  • 2000: WWE Intercontinental Championship 
  • 2000: WWE European Championship
  • 2000: King of the Ring Winner 
  • 1996: Olympic Gold Medal 
  • 1995: Gold Medal at the FILA Wrestling World Championships in Atlanta, Georgia 

End Note

It's hard to argue that Kurt Angle is the most well-known freestyle and folkstyle wrestler in history, even though he's the best professional wrestler of his generation. This is due to the fact that Angle is the only one of the four grand slam champion amateur wrestlers—those who have won titles in the Junior National Championship, NCAA Championship, World Championship, and Olympic Championship—to have gone on to have a long, remarkable career as a professional wrestler, winning titles in every significant wrestling promotion he competed in.

“My true love is with amateur wrestling, that's where I was born. I've always wanted to wrestle.”-Kurt Angle

 

 

 

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