Olympic wrestler Adeline Gray just barely missed out on the Olympics in 2012, traveling to London as the alternate. That’s not the case this time around—Gray will represent the U.S. in Rio de Janeiro at 75 kg, one of six weight classes for women in the Olympics, and she’s now the favorite to become the first American woman to bring home the gold in wrestling.
Gray started wrestling when she was just six years old, and always wrestled against the boys throughout high school. She jumped at the opportunity to train at the Olympic Training Center when she made her first world wrestling team in 2009, and since then, she’s risen to the No. 1 ranking in the world in her weight class.
Gray talks with SI.com’s Maggie Gray (the two are not related!) about her current training regimen, how she keeps her weight up to stay in her weight class, her slogan (#graytogold), what it would mean to win gold in Rio and much more. Then, the champion wrestler demonstrates some of her favorites moves (including a single-leg takedown) on some of the SI staffers.