Jordan Burroughs began wrestling as a five-year-old, the first person in his family to take up the sport. He won his first national championship as a senior in high school, then became a two-time undefeated Division I national champion and a three-time All-American in college for the University of Nebraska. He jumped straight into the international wrestling scene after graduating with a degree in Sociology, winning the U.S. Open at 74 kilograms just three weeks after his final college match. He won his first world championship at 74 kilograms in 2011, becoming just the fourth wrestler ever to win a NCAA championship and world championship in the same year. Burroughs won gold at 74 kilos at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and has since added four more world championships. Despite failing to medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Burroughs’ candor after elimination was a source of inspiration for his fellow athletes and Olympic fans alike. Fresh off his third Pan Am Games title, the 31-year-old is motivated to make his third-straight Olympic appearance in Tokyo. He lives and trains in Lincoln, Nebraska with his wife and two children.