NEW YORK — Some of the biggest names in American wrestling lived up to the billing at the second installment of the Final X on Wednesday. Five days after 15 grapplers secured spots at the fall’s world championships at the first Final X in Oklahoma, 14 more joined them following an action-packed night of wrestling in New York City.
Helen Maroulis made history at the Olympics again. At the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games which took place last summer, Maroulis won the bronze medal in the 57kg women's freestyle wrestling event, becoming the first wrestler in women's wrestling history for the United States to win two Olympic medals. This comes after the 30-year-old won the gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and became the first woman from the U.S. to win a gold medal in wrestling. In an exclusive interview with PopCulture.com, Maroulis talked about earning the bronze medal in Tokyo and making history.
Helen Maroulis has made a name for herself in the wrestling world. The 30-year-old made history at the 2016 Summer Olympics, winning gold in the women's freestyle 55kg. Maroulis became the first-ever American to win a goal medal in women's freestyle wrestling at the Olympic Games. But after the big win, Maroulis suffered a brain injury during a match and was forced into early retirement. The challenges she dealt with as well as working her way to getting back on the mat are featured in a new documentary called Helen | Believe which is produced by Religion of Sports. In an exclusive interview with PopCulture.com, Maroulis talked about her reaction when she watched the final product.
Helen Maroulis has always been a fighter. Her wrestling journey began at the age of seven when her older brother needed a sparring partner. In high school, she wrestled mostly against boys, helping change the landscape of wrestling in Maryland. She would shock the world in the 2016 Olympics, where she became the first ever female wrestler to win gold against Saori Yoshida, who was a 16-time world champion and going for her fourth gold medal.
Wrestler Helen Maroulis talks to WGN on “Helen | Believe,” a upcoming Religion of Sports/Chris Pratt documentary on her concussion battle
Last week saw the announcement of upcoming documentary Helen | Believe, a film following American wrestler Helen Maroulis through from her training for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Maroulis picked up an unexpected 2016 gold medal at the Rio Olympics (the first time an American woman had ever won Olympic gold in freestyle wrestling) after beating 13-time world champion Saori Yoshida, but suffered a severe in-match concussion in 2018 and battled aftereffects from that for years. The documentary follows her struggle with that and how that impacted her training for last year’s Olympics, where she won bronze. Helen | Believe, directed by Dylan Mulick, is a partnership between Religion of Sports, Chris Pratt’s Indivisible Productions, and Reserve Entertainment. Maroulis spoke to Chicago’s WGN Morning News Wednesday about it, and about the growth of women’s wrestling in general:
Chris Pratt Teams With Religion Of Sports & Reserve Entertainment On Doc About Champion Wrestler Helen Maroulis
Click here to read the full article. EXCLUSIVE: Chris Pratt is getting back into the ring with a documentary about World Champion wrestler Helen Maroulis. The Marvel star has teamed up with Religion of Sports, the venture founded by Gotham Chopra, Michael Strahan, and Tom Brady, and Reserve Entertainment on Helen | Believe. Pratt will produce via his Indivisible Productions banner. The documentary, directed by Dylan Mulick, follows Olympic champion Helen Maroulis. At just 23 years old, she was competing in her first Olympic Games in Rio against Saori Yoshida, a 13x World Champion and the most decorated wrestler of all time. Yoshida...
2016 Olympic champion and three-time World champion Helen Maroulis (Rockville, Md./Sunkist Kids) has officially accepted her 57 kg women’s freestyle berth in Final X. Maroulis will battle for a spot on the 2022 U.S. World Team in Final X New York. presented by Tezos, on Wednesday, June 8 at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Helen Maroulis competes in the women's class 57kg final of the 2021 World Freestyle Wrestling Championships on Oct. 7, 2021 in Oslo, Norway. Two-time Olympian Helen Maroulis has had quite the journey over the past five years. From becoming the first U.S. woman to win Olympic gold in wrestling to...
Helen Maroulis's road to the 2020 Olympics was a painful and uncertain one. Maroulis, who became the first American woman to win a gold medal in wrestling at Rio in 2016, has spent the last few years recovering from multiple concussions and learning to manage post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which came as a result of her injuries. But on Aug. 5, the 29-year-old defeated Mongolia's Khongorzul Boldsaikhan in Tokyo and clinched a bronze medal in 57-kilogram freestyle wrestling, marking an amazing comeback for a woman who wasn't sure she'd ever even hit the mat again.
Helen Maroulis, who won the bronze medal in the women's 57kg freestyle, didn't need the bronze to prove success isn't measured in medals.
CHIBA, Japan (AP) — Helen Maroulis wishes she had a do-over. Being too careful cost her a chance to become the first American woman to win two Olympic gold medals in freestyle wrestling. She lost to Risako Kawai of Japan 2-1 in the 57-kilogram semifinals on Wednesday. Maroulis said she...
Despite a loss in the semifinals, the 29-year-old American is grateful to be back at the Games—and within one match of the victory podium.
Sign up for our free daily Olympics newsletter: Very Olympic Today. You'll catch up on the top stories, smaller events, things you may have missed while you were sleeping and links to the best writing from SI’s reporters on the ground in Tokyo. Helen Maroulis is a two-time world champion,...