Draped in red, white and blue, Jordan Burroughs clutched the American flag and scanned the crowd looking for his mother amongst the fans that filled box seats at ExCel Exhibition Centre in London. The moment he spotted her, he jumped the barrier and raced into the crowd. Burroughs and his mother embraced in celebration. At age 24 his dream came true: Jordan Ernest Burroughs was an Olympic gold medal winner.
It’s a big dream that started 3,542 miles away from London, England in small town America — Sicklerville, New Jersey — where, as a boy, Burroughs brought home a school flyer promoting local youth wrestling.