Former WWE and TNA star Kurt Angle recently spoke with ESPN.com and below are some interview highlights:
On winning the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta:
On attempting an Olympic comeback in 2012 and training for the games:
“Every two weeks something would go. I was 42, 43 — to be able to try out at that point in your life … you’re past your prime, you’re still young, you know you can still go, but it’s just little things.
“I tore my hamstring, then I tore my groin, then my shoulder went, then the knee went. It was just a lot of nagging injuries, not real serious, but enough to pull me out of it.
“I just couldn’t do it. I tried. The thing is, I wanted to get that feeling back that I had in ’96. I wanted to do it again in 2012. But it was just a little bit too late, a little bit too long.”
On his current pro wrestling status, his future and current health:
“Wrestling has treated me very well. I had a great time in WWE, I had a great time in TNA. I’m very proud of my accomplishments, but I’m at a point in my life where, right now, family is more important, and it’s time for me to spend more time with them.
“So we’ll see how it goes, and I’ll go from there. I’m not gonna say I’m gonna retire. I just wanna get a feeler this year and see what I wanna do and see where I wanna go.”
“I’m 47 years old and I have my pains and aches just like anybody else, but the thing is, I can still go in that ring. I’m as good as anybody if not better. Even at 47, I’m at the top of my game, so the only thing I need is a little bit more time to recuperate. Other than that I can put on the five-star matches.
“So I’m not really concerned about my performance, I’m more concerned about how I’m gonna feel for the next 30, 40 years.”