Still a wild cat: 5 former athletes from the University of Northern Michigan national training site will represent the United States at the next Olympics | News, Sports, Jobs
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MARQUETTE — Four competing athletes and a coach linked to the Northern Michigan University national training site and one of its forerunners, the US Olympic Education Center, will compete at the Tokyo Summer Olympics which will hold their opening Friday.
A US Olympic coach in Tokyo will be Spenser Mango with the men’s Greco-Roman wrestling team. Mango, a 2010 NMU graduate, previously represented Team USA as an athlete at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics.
In this Greco-Roman team will be the former student from the North Alejandro Sancho. Competing at 67 kilograms (147.7 pounds), Sancho will be competing in his first Olympics as he now participates in the US Army’s World Class Athlete Program.
The most decorated Olympian of the five is Helen Maroulis, who competed at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016. She made history by winning Team USA’s first Olympic gold medal in women’s freestyle wrestling. .
Like Maroulis, American women’s freestyle wrestling teammate Adeline Gray attended Marquette High School while in the USOEC, a program that ran from 2004 to 2012. And Gray also competed in the 2016 Olympics .
Maroulis will compete at 57 kg (125.7 lb) and Gray at 76 kg (167.6 lb).
And former NMU student Sarah Robles will be making her third trip to the Olympics in women’s weightlifting. Slated to compete in the 87 kg-plus (191.8 lb-plus) division, she broke a 16-year medal drought for Team USA by winning bronze at the 2016 Games.
Information compiled by Journal Sports editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is [email protected]