Grappling For A Repeat

Grappling For A Repeat

Jordan Burroughs

Jordan Burroughs is no stranger to surpassing expectations. After an incredibly successful junior year at the University of Nebraska, he suffered a devastating knee injury, tearing his LCL and PCL. Jordan was sidelined with surgery and an eight-month recovery period, and, combined with the satisfaction of what he’d already accomplished in his college career, this could have been the end of Jordan Burroughs the wrestler.

Staying Hungry

“I had a little bit of complacency after my junior year of college where I had won a national title and felt as though I had done everything I planned to do in college,” Jordan explains. “But I remained hungry, got my love back for the sport, and was just enjoying what I did. It was less of a job and more of a fun activity and a hobby for me, so that’s what made it cool.”

Good thing, because after redshirting and returning as a fifth-year senior, Jordan was unstoppable. He returned from his knee injury at 165 pounds of pure strength to complete an incredible final year at Nebraska, finishing with a third Big 12 championship, a second NCAA championship as a #1 seed, and a Hodge Trophy.

After graduating, Jordan took a little break. He waited three whole weeks before winning the 2011 U.S. Open. Clearly not one for slowing down, Jordan joined the U.S. World Team. Continuing his dominating streak, he became just the fourth wrestler to ever win the NCAA Championship and the World Championship in the same year. This qualified him for a trip across the pond, where he achieved his lifelong dream of becoming an Olympic champion. His first act? Running over to the stands and jumping the railing to hug his biggest fan of all, his mom.

The Best In The World

Now, Jordan is looking forward to the upcoming year. “For me, I prepare by looking at the big picture, keeping it all in perspective. I want to be the best in the world. I’ve accomplished that, and now I want to continue to be the best in the world. I know everyone’s gunning for me and that’s a motivator. So when I step in the wrestling room, I know I have to work harder and outwork all my opponents and everyone out there in the world. I don’t know how they’re training, specifically. I don’t know what they’re doing, but I know what I’m doing, and I’m doing it as hard as I can.”

Jordan isn’t the only wrestler looking to stay on top in August. He will be joined by fellow American Jake Varner (link) in his pursuit to join the elite ranks of American wrestlers to become two-time Olympic Champions. It’s a challenge so difficult that only two athletes have succeeded. But, like we said, Jordan is no stranger to exceeding expectations.

That’s why Jordan reminds young wrestlers everywhere that “no goal is impossible” with hard work. And he means it. So much so that he added it to his body with a tattoo that reads “Dream It, Do It.”

Want more from Jordan? Check out our videos and wrestling tutorials.

The 12 Must-Follow Athletes On Instagram

The 12 Must-Follow Athletes On Instagram

Many of the world’s best athletes are active on Instagram. It’s a great way for athletes to connect with their fans off the field. And for these 12, game-day skills translate into social dominance. These are the top 12 athletes that you NEED to follow on Instagram.

Stephen Curry @stephencurry30 | 7.5m followers

https://www.instagram.com/p/BA0j23_TfW8

With by far the largest following on this list, there’s no reason not to follow the reigning NBA MVP and defending champ. Between going behind the scenes of Steph’s life and watching the dubsmashes with his wife, there are very few on his level.

Russell Westbrook @russwest44 | 3.4m followers

https://www.instagram.com/p/BAU7Xk_iiPc

As one of the best-dressed athletes on the planet, Russ needs to be on this list. Whether he’s showing off his latest look, sharing his charity work, or gushing about his wife, this man is one of best athlete Instagrammers out there.

Serena Williams @serenawilliams | 2.7m followers

https://www.instagram.com/p/BATxNAhMTCe

A force on the court, a fashion icon off it. If you want a look into the life of one of the most dominant athletes who’s ever lived, this is it.

James Harden @jharden13 | 2.6m followers

https://www.instagram.com/p/9HNehrNlTl

James’ account is loaded with celebrity and athlete encounters. He truly lives the life of a superstar baller. Who doesn’t want to stay up to date with that?

Nick Young @swaggyp1 | 2m followers

https://www.instagram.com/p/BAtdBXPOGPS

He’s a fashion icon and a family man who regularly posts about his son and his girl Iggy Azalea. Swaggy P is all about standing out and showing your true personality. We believe in self-expression, so naturally, we believe in Swaggy P.

JJ Watt @justinjames99 | 1.7m followers

https://www.instagram.com/p/_9NsHpyG1D

JJ loves his fans, and he lets them know it. This is who you should be following if want to be inspired to be the best you can be, on and off the field.

Sydney Leroux @sydneyleroux | 926k followers

On the field, she’s a relentless forward that terrorizes defenders. Off it, she’s a fan favorite because of her inside looks at the USWNT, her dog Boss (who has his own Instagram account), her soccer star husband Dom Dwyer, and some of the funniest captions in the business.

https://www.instagram.com/p/9HrGzomWHK

Skylar Diggins @skydigg4 | 921k followers

https://www.instagram.com/p/BA5rGuLwYuA

Her feed has the perfect combo of grit, glam, and fam. From training vids and foodie pics to stylish selfies and updates on her basketball camp, Skylar is a must-have on your follow list.

Allyson Felix @af85 | 276k followers

https://www.instagram.com/p/BA-iSpumgdR

She’s a true champion and her feed shows you why. Allyson’s training vids show the incredible work ethic it takes to be one of the best. Plus, you get a peek at her life off the track, including all the amazing places she travels to.

Elena Delle Donne @de11edonne | 184k followers

https://www.instagram.com/p/BAnJfdNmNTO

As the 2015 WNBA MVP, Elena knows how to balance fun with work. Her feed is a perfect representation of the balance it takes to be the league’s best.

Jordan Burroughs @alliseeisgold | 180k followers

https://www.instagram.com/p/BAYPQJVFw3T

Jordan is unstoppable on the mat and unbeatable on Instagram. If you follow him, you’ll see everything from training videos and inspirational messages to pics with his son Beacon (who also has his own account) and posts about baby number two that’s on the way. Like it says in his bio, “You are now watching history in the making.”

Melvin Gordon III @iammelvingordoniii | 131k followers

https://www.instagram.com/p/BAxy7JAovwD

Following MG3 gives you a unique look into the life of a rising star in the NFL. As a first-round running back, Melvin has a lot of pressure to be great, but he keeps his feed lighthearted and doesn’t let the pressure get to him. He’s got the style and swagger of a top athlete Instagrammer.

The other must-follow account? Eastbay’s, of course. Follow @officialeastbay for the latest releases and a behind-the-scenes look at how to gain an edge in sports and life.