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BVK: America’s most recent gold medalist has vowed to return in 2016

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Updated: August 10, 2012

By Bryan Van Kley

There’s a famous sports story about the New York Yankees’ great Babe Ruth once “calling his shot” in the 1932 World Series Game 3 against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The great slugger pointed his bat out to the center field bleachers, then hit it there with the next pitch.

Jordan Burroughs is now wrestling’s version Babe Ruth. He predicted his Olympic gold medal the night before the Olympics. And far beyond that, the supremely-confident Burroughs’ Twitter handle or name is: alliseeisgold.

As I wrote in my blog yesterday, Burroughs though joking around about how good he is and that he wants to become the greatest U.S. wrestler ever, is such a likeable guy. Nebraska coach Mark Manning talked about Burroughs as one of the most humble, kind people you’d ever meet who often plays with Manning’s kids. He’s definitely not someone who walks around puffing their chest out.

Burroughs and his magnetic personality had reporters and broadcasters in stitches during his two press conferences after the gold-medal win on Friday night. He talked about wanting his Twitter account to blow up with tweets and followers and that he’s genuinely encouraged by peoples’ support. He talked about not being afraid of anyone who stepped out against him … saying he’d double-leg the queen of England if she was across from him. But made sure to point out no disrespect to her hyness.

Burroughs is just flat-out fun … and exactly what wrestling needs.

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