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Nobody would mistake Glenwood Springs High School senior James Nelson for Rulon Gardner. Nelson wrestles at 135 pounds, while Gardner won an Olympic gold medal at 220 kilograms (264 pounds) in Greco-Roman wrestling. Still, Nelson wouldn’t mind if some of his moves on the mat looked a bit like Gardner’s.Nelson lists Gardner, who frequently visits Glenwood Springs, as his favorite athlete. When it comes to inspiration, however, it’s his parents’ hard work – a key ingredient for any grappler – that drives him.Name: James Nelson

School, year: Glenwood Springs High School, seniorSport: wrestlingWeight class: 135 poundsMost memorable moment of high school sports career so far: my first win – it was my first year wrestling with Basalt last seasonFavorite class: DECA

Favorite athlete: Rulon Gardner: He’s an extraordinary athlete and a good role model.Favorite band/musician: NirvanaMost inspirational person: my parents for all their work and all they’ve achieved so I could have a better lifeWhat do you do in your free time? hang out with friends

What is the one thing you would like to accomplish before graduation? to enjoy my senior yearPlans after high school: going to collegeTell us one thing people might not know about you: My middle name is Edward.Do you know an area athlete you would like to see in the spotlight? Let us know. To nominate someone for the Athlete Spotlight send an e-mail to and tell us what makes him or her special.

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