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Now THIS is How You Celebrate an Olympic Gold Medal in Wrestling

By Petr Knava | Videos | April 3, 2019 |

By Petr Knava | Videos | April 3, 2019 |


This is from 2016 but it’s been making me grin all morning.

Japan’s Risako Kawai won the gold medal in the women’s 63kg class freestyle wrestling at the Rio Olympics. It was her first Olympic competition. Upon securing her victory, in lieu of the typical celebration, Kawai rushed to her coach, Kazuhito Sakae, and she…

(You’ll have to click through there, but Kawai’s bout starts at about 0:53, and her celebration at 1:15.)

According to Kawai: “Before the final, the coach said he wanted me to lift him on his shoulders. The three wrestlers the previous day all won gold so they got to do that, and I said I wanted to be first to slam him and he let me do it.”

You can see the full thing, including Kawai lifting her coach up on her shoulders here:

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