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Athletes to Watch: Helen Maroulis

In 2016, Helen Maroulis became the first American woman to win a gold medal in wrestling. She did so by defeating the three-time defending Olympic champion and 13-time reigning world champion, Saori Yoshida of Japan.

Maroulis got into the sport because her brother needed a training partner. She followed up her Rio performance with a world title in 2017 (she also is a 2015 world champion), but has had a series of injuries slow her progress – she suffered a concussion in January 2018, then a shoulder injury that required surgery in the fall of that year. Though she will miss the 2019 World Championships as a result, she says she is still feeling confident for 2020.

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Athlete Info

Sport Wrestling
Height 5'3"
Weight 116
Date of Birth September 19, 1991
Hometown Rockville, MD
Current Residence Hoboken, NJ
Trivia

During high school, many opposing coaches would have whomever was slated to wrestle Helen forfeit the match, at times to sabotage. This fueled Helen to get better and her coach urged her to go to the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

 

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Wrestling

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2020 Summer Olympics