Was it as utterly unbelievable and surprising as I remember it? Was it bigger than Buster Douglas over Tyson?
Here are some facts about Karelin before Gardner upset him:
- Was undefeated in international competition for 13 yrs AND HAD NOT GIVEN UP A POINT in 6 yrs.
- Had won gold the previous 3 Olympics.
- He was so dominant I specifically remember in the semis in one of the Olympics, his semifinal opponent let Karelin pin him on purpose because he knew he couldn't beat him and this would conserve his energy for the bronze medal match (which he won). In other words, the third or so best Greco-Roman wrestler on the planet knew he had no chance against Karelin and intentionally gave up.