Helen Louise Maroulis (born September 19, 1991) is an American freestyle wrestler who competes in the women's 55-kg and 53-kg categories. She was a gold medalist at the 2015 World Wrestling Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada and a gold medalist at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil she became the first-ever American to win a gold medal in women's freestyle wrestling at the Olympic Games.
Maroulis in 2016
|Full name||Helen Louise Maroulis|
|Born||September 19, 1991 28) (age|
Rockville, Maryland, U.S.
|Alma mater||Simon Fraser University|
|Height||5 ft 3 in (160 cm)|
|Weight||116.5 lb (53 kg)|
|Coached by||Valentin Kalika|
|Updated on August 23, 2017.|
Maroulis was born in Rockville, Maryland, the daughter of Paula and Yiannis "John" Maroulis. Her father is Greek. She attended Magruder High School for three years, where as a freshman she became the first female wrestler to place at the Maryland state wrestling championships and also was named Most Outstanding Wrestler of a tournament by pinning the senior boy who had won that title the year before, all on the way to 99 high school career victories.
She then moved to Marquette Senior High School in Marquette, Michigan and then went to join Missouri Baptist University women's wrestling team in Saint Louis, Missouri, before ultimately transferring to compete for Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.
Maroulis beat Saori Yoshida 4-1 to win a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. This was the first Olympic gold medal for the United States in a women's wrestling event. Maroulis attributes a large portion of her success to the coaching of Valentin Kalika.
World Championship 2017
Maroulis won her third consecutive gold medal at the world championships or Olympics defeating Olympic bronze medalist Marwa Amri of Tunisia in the finals of the 58-kilogram/128-pound weight class with an 11-0 technical fall.
Pro Wrestling League
On January 16, 2018, Pooja Dhanda defeated Maroulis in the Pro Wrestling League.
World Championship 2018
Maroulis was defeated in the first round by fall by Azerbaijan’s Altona Kolesnik, a shocking upset for the defending world and Olympic champion. The defeat has been attributed to a serious head injury (concussion from a tournament in January 2018). As Maroulis stated in post-match interview “I’m so used to telling someone, hey, don’t touch my head.” The injury was significant enough to cause Maroulis to delay her world team qualifier match, and significantly limited her live sparring prior to the event. It is reported that she was so limited by the injury that she only returned to live practice about 10 days before her rescheduled qualifying series.
|World Championships & Olympics|
|2018 UWW world 21st at 57 kg|
|Loss||26-7||Fall||October 24, 2018||2018 World Championships|
| 2017 UWW world |
|Win||26-6||11-0||August 23, 2017||2017 World Championship|
| 2016 Olympic |
|Win||21-6||4-1||August 18, 2016||2016 Summer Olympics|
| 2015 UWW world |
|Win||16-6||11-0||September 10, 2015||2015 World Championship|
| 2014 UWW world |
|Win||12-6||10-0||September 10, 2014||2014 World Championship|
|2013 UWW world 7th at 55 kg|
|Loss||9-5||fall||September 19, 2013||2013 World Championship|
| 2012 UWW world |
|Loss||7-3||fall||September 28, 2012||2012 World Championship|
|2011 UWW world 5th at 55 kg|
|Loss||4-2||fall||September 15, 2011||2011 World Championship|
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- Helen Maroulis at United World Wrestling
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- Helen Maroulis at the International Olympic Committee
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- Helen Maroulis Website