Sumo wrestler tackles Utah’s Bear Lake


A former sumo champion has accomplished something that only four other people have done: swimming back and forth across Utah’s Bear Lake.

The swim would be tough for just about anyone, but consider that Kelly Gneiting is pulling 430 pounds of his own weight.

The Idaho native says he did it partly for himself, but also for others.

“Not only big people, but anybody, despite their perceived weakness, or inability, they can still do great things,” Gneiting says.


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