2012 Summer Olympics

Jordan Burroughs: Confident Wrestler Backs Up Talk with Gold Medal Victory

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10:  Jordan Ernest Burroughs of the United States celebrates his gold medal in the Men's Freestyle 74 kg Wrestling on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 10, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
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Josh SchochAnalyst IIIAugust 10, 2012

U.S. Olympic wrestler Jordan Burroughs walked the walked after he talked the talk on Thursday night—saying that he would bring home the gold medal in the 163 pound class freestyle wrestling.

He did.

Thanks everyone for the goodlucks tomorrow. Dreaming of Gold tonight. My next tweet will be a picture of me holding that Gold medal!!!

—Jordan Burroughs (@alliseeisgold) August 9, 2012

Burroughs came in confident and left with a victory, becoming the first American wrestler to win gold during the 2012 Olympics. While the U.S. is pulling away in the medal standings for the London Games, we needed Burroughs for a gold in wrestling.

The two-time NCAA Champion for Nebraska and 2011 World Champion covered himself in the American flag after his victory, celebrating what he worked so hard for.

In addition to his gold medal he will also be receiving $250,000 from USA Wrestling as a bonus for winning gold.

After topping Iran’s Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi 1-0, 1-0 in a rematch of the 2011 World Championship bout, Burroughs finally backs up his talk of winning gold that has lasted for months (according to the Washington Post).


By extending his winning streak to 38 matches he has become one of the most decorated wrestlers in the world today.

It's a good thing he won, too.

Burroughs was so set on winning gold that he even changed his Twitter handle to @alliseeisgold. He has been making his plans of winning gold known for months.

If Burroughs didn't win it would have been a bit of an upset, but, more importantly, he would have been the laughingstock of the Olympics.

Never to hide how he feels, however, Burroughs let the world know what was going through his head and he certainly delivered. Now he just looks like the best wrestler in the world in his class.

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