For the Tokyo Olympics this summer season, For The Win helps you get to know a number of the star Olympians competing on the world’s largest stage. Main as much as the Opening Ceremony, we’re highlighting 23 athletes in 23 days. Up subsequent up is Kyle Snyder.
After changing into the youngest Olympic champion in U.S. wrestling historical past on the 2016 Rio Olympics, Kyle Snyder is again for extra. At simply 20 years previous making his Olympic debut, Snyder topped Azerbaijan’s eight-time world and Olympic medalist Khetag Goziumov to convey dwelling gold.
Now 25 and nonetheless probably the most high-profile American wrestlers, Snyder is seeking to defend his 97 kg Olympic title after qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics again in April. The Maryland native is one in every of 5 males’s freestyle wrestlers certified for Crew USA.
Listed here are 5 issues to find out about Snyder forward of this summer season’s Video games.
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Snyder has been busy — and dominant — within the 5 years because the 2016 Rio Olympics.
On a world degree, he gained his second Senior World championship in 2017 (he was a silver medalist in 2018), he gained gold on the Pan American Championships in 2017 and 2019 and he gained his second World Cup championship in 2018. And that’s not even near his complete resume, which features a 38-2 worldwide freestyle report over the past two years, the Related Press famous.
Snyder is a three-time NCAA champion at 285 lbs. (2016, 2017, 2018), and he continued wrestling for Ohio State after the 2016 Olympics. He was additionally the Huge Ten champion these seasons. General, he completed with an unimaginable school profession report of 75-5, together with going 34-1 throughout his closing two seasons.
Per Crew USA, Snyder was additionally the primary and solely wrestler to win NCAA, world and Olympic championships as a collegiate athlete.
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Talking of Ohio State, Snyder needed to beat one other Buckeye, Kollin Moore, to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. At trials in Fort Price in April, he beat Moore in a best-of-three collection, profitable the primary two rounds, 10-0 and 5-1.
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“Kollin is a superb wrestler,” Snyder stated instantly following the match. “We went to the identical school (Ohio State) and I do know loads about how he wrestles. I used to be simply grateful for the chance to compete. Tokyo is a number of months away and I’m going to need to proceed to work onerous.”
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You’d suppose wrestlers can be cautious about what they eat to keep up their weight, however Snyder stated he doesn’t actually comply with a vitamin plan. In a questionnaire from NBC Olympics, he stated he likes to indulge with pizza and ice cream — can’t beat that combo — however he additionally loves Chipotle.
He stated, by way of NBC Olympics:
“Chipotle is my favourite factor to eat. I don’t have a lot of a vitamin plan; simply make sure that I keep close to the load I should be at.”
Snyder is a favourite to medal and efficiently defend his Olympic championship. However to do this, he might need to beat Russia’s Abdulrashid Sadulaev, who gained gold in Rio at 86 kg earlier than transferring up a weight class.
If the 2 face one another, it may very well be an intense showdown between opponents with historical past. Extra about Snyder and the “Russian tank” by way of NBC Olympics:
They first confronted one another on the 2017 World Championships, with Snyder pulling off a come-from-behind win over Sadulaev within the closing to take the title. They met once more within the closing one 12 months later, however this time Sadulaev pinned Synder in 70 seconds. A 2019 rematch by no means materialized — Snyder misplaced within the [semifinals] earlier than attending to face Sadulaev, whereas Sadulaev rolled by means of the bracket to win a second straight title.
Wrestling on the Tokyo Olympics is scheduled to start August 1.