Golden Years: Jordan Burroughs Doubles His Way Into a Decade of Gold
Monday, December 23, 2019 - 15:55 By Eric Olanowski
CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland (December 23) -- Every path to greatness starts with a first step on the mat. For Jordan Burroughs, it was July 23, 2011, when the future Hall of Famer made his international debut, at the International Ukrainian Tournament in Kyiv.
Nine years later he hasn’t stopped to look back.
Over the course of the next 31 months, the American youngster would go on a 69-match win streak that spanned 31 months which included a pair of world championships (2011, 2013) and a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Burroughs’ unprecedented 69-match win streak ended on February 2, 2014, with a nail-biting loss to fellow American Nick MARABLE. The Team USA captain settled for a bronze medal at the 2014 World Championships in Tashkent but rebounded in 2015 winning his third career world championship in Las Vegas.
After a disappointing finish at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro Burroughs has won the 2017 World Championships in Paris and finished with bronze medals at the 2018 and 2019 world championships, losing razor-thin 1-point matches to two-time defending world champion Zaurbek SIDAKOV.
Since 2011 Burroughs has collected a world medal in 8 of 9 world-level events: 1 Olympic gold, 4 world championship gold, and 3 world championship bronze. He’s also taken gold at six world cups, three Pan Am championships and three Pan Am Games.