Kurt Angle Says “You Can Test Me Right Now, I’ll Come Up Clean”

Bill Behrens

Kurt Angle was interviewed by David Hiltbrand of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Among the things Kurt discussed:

"I’m listed at 6-feet-2," he says in his deep ashcan voice. "Everyone in wrestling is four inches shorter than the program says they are."

"It’s very grueling," he says. "There’s no time off. We don’t have an off-season. That’s why it’s so difficult on wrestlers. That’s why they break down physically.

"They try to rotate them in and out so nobody gets burned out," he says. "Except for me."

"I’m getting too old for this," he concedes. "I’m 40 and I’ve got 32 years of wrestling, quote unquote, amateur and pro, under my belt," he says, giving his victory digits a workout.

"Have I used steroids before? Yes, I have, after I broke my neck and lost three inches in this arm and 21/2 in the other from loss of circulation," says the wrestler, who has battled through a number of serious neck injuries.

"But I paid the price, both financially – I got fined $125,000 – and reputation-wise," he says. "I was a pure athlete, an Olympic champion. And all of a sudden, I’m like Kurt Angle the cheater? It really sucked.

"You can test me right now," he adds defiantly. "I’ll come up clean. But there was a time when I did it."


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