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Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Rulon Gardner (right), a Greco-Roman Olympic gold medalist, from Star Valley, Wyo., opened Elite Training Center in Logan.
Wednesday on TV: "Rock Center" reports on Rulon Gardner's comeback attempt

Wrestler Rulon Gardner climbs into the center ring of tonight's episode of Rock Center with Brian Williams (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5).

Here's what NBC has to say about the report:

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Champion Greco-Roman wrestler Rulon Gardner won an Olympic gold medal in 2000 and the bronze four years later. But a series of setbacks followed; a near-death experience in the wilderness, a controversial walk-off from the NBC reality series "The Biggest Loser." Now, at the age of 40, he wants redemption, and one more shot at the Olympics. Harry Smith went to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to see if Gardner can make weight, and make the team.

The hour also includes reports on how a professor and students at the University of Alabama helped the FBI crack a hacking case; the return of "Mad Men"; and the impact of cell phones on actors, musicians and audiences.

Elsewhere on TV ...

Survivor: One World (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): One of the contestants is injured.

Whitney (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): A drunken Alex proposes to Whitney.

American Idol (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The remaining contestants perform.

One Tree Hill (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Dan risks his life searching for Nathan.

Criminal Minds (8 p.m., CBS/ Ch. 2): The team hunts for a kidnapper.

Bent (8 and 8:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Amanda Peet stars as an uptight divorcee who hires a surfer dude/contractor (David Walton) to remodel her kitchen - and there's immediate, awkward chemistry. It's not a great show, but it has a certain charm. I've seen six episodes, - NBC is airing two each Wednesday for three weeks - and it grew on me.

CSI (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): There's a robbery/homicide at an "Alice In Wonderland"-themed wedding.

Hot In Cleveland (11 p.m, TV Land): The women apply to join the local country club.

Psych (11 p.m., USA): The founder of a youth program is shot.

Happily Divorced (11:30 p.m., TV Land): Glen buys a motorcycle.



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