In a story published by ESPN it was revealed that Olympic gold medalist Gable Steveson has started training at the WWE Performance Center full-time after undergoing surgery for a heart condition.
Steveson admitted that the issue, called Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, was discovered last year before the Olympics but opted to wait until WWE’s medical staff advice. WWE’s medical team guided Steveson throughout the whole process including the recommendation of top cardiologists.
ESPN described WPW as a rare congenital heart defect, present at birth, in which an extra electrical pathway causes a rapid heartbeat. Steveson underwent an ablation, “a procedure that uses small burns or freezes to cause scarring on the inside of the heart to help break up the electrical signals and maintain a normal heart rhythm.”
“We’re just excited to get this journey started, it’s been a long road to get to this point,” Steveson told ESPN. “I feel that I’m capable of being in that top spot and I feel that I’m capable of handling that position in the right way.”
He said he’s a competitor and entertainer and can do things other big guys cannot do so he’s looking forward to put his abilities on display soon.
WWE Chief Content Officer Paul Levesque, who went through his own battles with heart problems last year, said that the company is glad that Gable is healthy and now training full time at the WWE PC.
“WWE takes pride in our best-in-class medical team which guided Gable through this process to ensure that he has a long, healthy career with WWE,” Levesque told ESPN.