Jordan Burroughs forced to decider to make world championships, sets retirement date

Jordan Burroughs
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Olympic gold medalists Jordan BurroughsHelen MaroulisTamyra Mensah-StockKyle Snyder and David Taylor lead the U.S. wrestling team for September’s world championships in Serbia.

All five Olympic champions won their final series over the last week to make the team.

Burroughs, a gold medalist in London in 2012, was forced to a deciding third match by Chance Marsteller in New York City on Wednesday night and dispatched his younger opponent 5-0 to make an 11th Olympic or world team dating to 2011.

“No one can beat me in match three,” said Burroughs, who lost the second match in the series. “It comes down to a lot of heart, a lot of faith.”

Burroughs, 33, then said he will retire after the 2024 Olympics, whether or not he makes the team.

“I thought 2020 was going to be it,” he said, speaking with a blood-dried scar on his forehead at his hairline. “It didn’t finish the way that I wanted it to.

“If I don’t set a hard date, in 2024, I’m going to be like, I don’t know, the Olympics are in L.A., they’re domestic, I might make it, but I’ll be 40 years old in L.A. There’s no way.”

Last year, Burroughs suffered his first defeat in a U.S. trials, getting swept by Kyle Dake to miss the Olympic team. He moved up from 74kg to 79kg and won his first world title at the non-Olympic weight last October and fifth overall.

“I want another shot at Dake, and then another shot at [Russian Olympic gold medalist Zaurbek] Sidakov,” Burroughs said. “Then I’m going to ride off into the sunset.”

At this September’s worlds, Burroughs, still at 79kg, will bid to break his tie with Adeline Gray and John Smith for the most combined Olympic and world titles for an American wrestler. All three have six.

Maroulis, who in 2016 became the first U.S. Olympic women’s wrestling champion, and Taylor, who won gold in Tokyo, swept their best-of-three finals series in New York City on Wednesday.

Last week, Snyder and Mensah-Stock swept their finals series in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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2022 U.S. Wrestling World Championships Team
Men’s Freestyle
57kg Thomas Gilman
61kg Seth Gross
65kg Yianni Diakomihalis
70kg Zain Retherford
74kg Kyle Dake
79kg Jordan Burroughs
86kg David Taylor
92kg J’den Cox
97kg Kyle Snyder
125kg Hayden Zillmer

Women’s Freestyle
50kg Sarah Hildebrandt
53kg Dominique Parrish
55kg Jacarra Winchester
57kg Helen Maroulis
59kg Abigail Nette
62kg TBD
65kg Mallory Vette
68kg Tamyra Mensah-Stock
72kg Amit Elor
76kg Dymond Guilford

Men’s Greco-Roman
55kg Max Nowry
60kg Ildar Hafizov
63kg Jesse Thielke
67kg Alejandro Sancho
72kg Benjamin Peak
77kg Kamal Bey
82kg Ben Provisor
87kg Alan Vera
97kg G’Angelo Hancock
130kg Cohlton Schultz

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Joel Embiid gains U.S. citizenship, mum on Olympic nationality

Joel Embiid

Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid said he is now a U.S. citizen and it’s way too early to think about what nation he would represent at the Olympics.

“I just want to be healthy and win a championship and go from there,” he said, according to The Associated Press.

Embiid, 28, was born in Cameroon and has never competed in a major international tournament. In July, he gained French nationality, a step toward being able to represent that nation at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

In the spring, French media reported that Embiid started the process to become eligible to represent France in international basketball, quoting national team general manager Boris Diaw.

Embiid was second in NBA MVP voting this season behind Serbian Nikola Jokic. He was the All-NBA second team center.

What nation Embiid represents could have a major impact on the Paris Games.

In Tokyo, a French team led by another center, Rudy Gobert, handed the U.S. its first Olympic defeat since 2004. That was in group play. The Americans then beat the French in the gold-medal game 87-82.

That France team had five NBA players to the U.S.’ 12: Nicolas BatumEvan FournierTimothe Luwawu-CabarrotFrank Ntilikina and Gobert.

Anthony Davis, who skipped the Tokyo Olympics, is the lone U.S. center to make an All-NBA team in the last five seasons. In that time, Embiid made four All-NBA second teams and Gobert made three All-NBA third teams.

No Olympic team other than the U.S. has ever had two reigning All-NBA players on its roster.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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LA 2028, Delta unveil first-of-its-kind emblems for Olympics, Paralympics

Delta LA 2028
LA 2028

Emblems for the 2028 Los Angeles Games that include logos of Delta Air Lines is the first integration of its kind in Olympic and Paralympic history.

Organizers released the latest set of emblems for the LA 2028 Olympics and Paralympics on Thursday, each with a Delta symbol occupying the “A” spot in LA 28.

Two years ago, the LA 2028 logo concept was unveiled with an ever-changing “A” that allowed for infinite possibilities. Many athletes already created their own logos, as has NBC.

“You can make your own,” LA28 chairperson Casey Wasserman said in 2020. “There’s not one way to represent Los Angeles, and there is strength in our diverse cultures. We have to represent the creativity and imagination of Los Angeles, the diversity of our community and the big dreams the Olympic and Paralympic Games provide.”

Also in 2020, Delta was announced as LA 2028’s inaugural founding partner. Becoming the first partner to have an integrated LA 2028 emblem was “extremely important for us,” said Emmakate Young, Delta’s managing director, brand marketing and sponsorships.

“It is a symbol of our partnership with LA, our commitment to the people there, as well as those who come through LA, and a commitment to the Olympics,” she said.

The ever-changing emblem succeeds an angelic bid logo unveiled in February 2016 when the city was going for the 2024 Games, along with the slogan, “Follow the Sun.” In July 2017, the IOC made a historic double awarding of the Olympics and Paralympics — to Paris for 2024 and Los Angeles for 2028.

The U.S. will host its first Olympics and Paralympics since 2002 (and first Summer Games since 1996), ending its longest drought between hosting the Games since the 28-year gap between 1932 and 1960.

Delta began an eight-year Olympic partnership in 2021, becoming the official airline of Team USA and the 2028 Los Angeles Games.

Athletes flew to this year’s Winter Games in Beijing on chartered Delta flights and will do so for every Games through at least 2028.

Previously, Delta sponsored the last two Olympics held in the U.S. — the 1996 Atlanta Games and the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games.

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