Olympic hero files bankruptcy. Rulon Gardner had to turn to a bankruptcy lawyer for help. Now his things are going to be sold at a bankruptcy auction. This is necessary to pay off his debts. Most Americans watch the Olympics. Many dream of becoming Olympic stars. They dream of a life of fame and fortune. It is hard to believe an Olympic hero could run into money problems. That is what has befallen Olympic hero and champion Rulon Gardner. Bankruptcy is the latest issue facing the champion. He nearly lost his foot to frostbite after being stranded in the woods in Wyoming in 2002. Then he nearly died in a plane crash in 2007. He overcame those obstacles. Now, with the help of a bankruptcy attorney, he is confident he can overcome his money problems. The wrestler already sold off his Olympic medals to pay off debts. This included his gold medal from the 2000 Olympic games. Now other treasured items will be sold off at the bankruptcy auction. Items to be sold include his wrestling robe. His Olympic jacket from the Sydney Games. His gold ring that celebrated his big win in the 2000 Olympics will also be sold. Hundreds of other items will also be sold. Gardner had to file bankruptcy due to a bad real estate investment. The champion is keeping his positive outlook. He said him and his wife are getting a fresh start thanks to the bankruptcy. He has overcome near death experiences twice. Escaping creditors will be a piece of cake. Gardner now works as a medical products sales rep. He also gives motivational speeches and coaches young wrestlers. The bankruptcy filing will get him out from under debt. He views the things being sold as things from the past. The bankruptcy code is allowing his debt to become a thing of the past as well. The bankruptcy lawyer in his case must be grateful to help an American hero get back on his feet.