Weight: 163 pounds
Sport: Freestyle Wrestling
Previous Olympics: 2012
Medals: Gold (2012)
Bio: The 2016 Olympic games in Rio will mark Burroughs second time representing the USA in freestyle wrestling, but the University of Nebraska alum has been dominating top-level competition long before he donned a team USA singlet. The returning gold medalist boasts two D1 NCAA championships, three World Championship gold medals and two first-place finishes at the Pan American Games. Come to think of it, it may be easier to list all of the times he didn’t finish first. After all, with a Twitter handle like “@alliseeisgold,” that shouldn’t come as a surprise.
He was inspired by Macho Man Randy Savage and The Ultimate Warrior.Despite his dominance, Burroughs had a 16-13 record his freshman year of college before amassing a 111-6 record for the next three years.
Key Workout Tips & Advice:
“Our coach will put me in the middle of the wrestling room and have two guys try to take me down and then sub out after 30 seconds.” They do this for six minutes straight (the length of a match).”
“I start to cut all the bad stuff out of my diet about two weeks before a competition. That means no carbs, bread, pasta, rice, juice, or soda. Only water, grilled veggies, chicken, beef, or fish.”
Bacon cheeseburger, vanilla milkshake, and doughnuts.