NMU National Training Site Alumni Head to Tokyo Olympics

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) — Northern Michigan University’s national training site has ties to five athletes competing in the Tokyo Olympics July 23-August 8. The list includes two freestyle wrestlers, a Greco-Roman athlete, a Greco-Roman trainer and a weightlifter.

Helen Maroulis and Adeline Gray compete in the women’s freestyle events. Both athletes attended Marquette High School while participating in the women’s freestyle program at the former United States Olympic Education Center at NMU. This program ran from 2004 to 2012. This will be the second Olympics for both athletes, as they competed at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. In Rio, Maroulis made history by winning Team USA’s first Olympic gold medal in the women’s freestyle.

Competing at 67kg in Greco-Roman is former NMU student Alejandro Sancho. These will be the first Games for Sancho, who is now participating in the US Army’s World Class Athlete Program. Joining Sancho will be Spenser Mango. After representing Team USA as an athlete in 2008 and 2012, the 2010 NMU graduate will go to the Games as a coach.

Former NMU student Sarah Robles won her third trip to the Games. The weightlifter broke a 16-year drought for Team USA when they won a bronze medal at the 2016 Games.

Women’s Freestyle

57 kg – Helen Maroulis, 2016 Olympian (gold medalist)

76 kg – Adeline Gray, 2016 Olympian


67kg – Alejandro Sancho

Staff Sgt. Mango Spenser 2008, Olympian 2012


+87 kg Sarah Robles, Olympian 2012, 2016 (bronze medalist)

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