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Burroughs knocked off two-time World champion Denis Tsargush of Russia at the the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Olympic Games. Burroughs defeated Tsargush (above) in the Olympic semifinal round. John Sachs photo.

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The last time Burroughs competed was when he captured an Olympic gold medal at 74 kg/163 lbs. this past August in London, England.

“I want to be the best wrestler of all-time,” Burroughs said. “I want to compete, and I need to come back with a strong mental focus. It’s extremely tough to reach this level. There were a lot of sacrifices I made that were physically and mentally exhaust- ing. It’s tough to remain hungry after reaching the pinnacle of our sport, but I don’t want to be the guy regretting that I got out too early.”

Burroughs, 24, cashed in with his win in London, earning $250,000 from the Living the Dream Medal Fund for winning an Olympic gold medal. U.S. wrestler Jake Varner also won $250,000 after winning an Olympic gold medal of his own. “The Living the Dream Medal Fund, it’s huge for the sport,” he said. “It’s indescribable to have that incentive. The gold medal was the most important thing to me, but the money has been helpful. Now they are talking about $500,000 to win the next Olympics. That’s nuts, it’s completely insane. “Nobody has ever gotten rich from wrestling, but I want to be a trailblazer to show you can do that. I want to be a millionaire, and I think I’m off to a good start.”

“Jordan has to buckle down heading into 2013. The World is gunning for him. On the wrestling mat, he hasn’t even hit his peak yet. He has so much more room to get better.”

- Zeke Jones U.S. National Coach

Burroughs said he hasn’t made any huge purchases since cashing in at the Olympics.

“I like to shop,” he said. “I’ve bought a few things, but I haven’t done anything crazy. It’s just nice to have a little bit of money in my bank account now.”

Burroughs also will have his own wrestling shoe after recently signing a contract with ASICS. “It’s pretty cool – it’s something special to have my own shoe,” he said. “I’m really excited about it. It’s pretty darn awe- Continued on page 8

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