It seemed like almost every day, wrestling history was being made in Rio.
Mijain Lopez joined Aleksandr Karelin as the only athletes to win three straight gold medals in Greco-Roman wrestling, Kaori Icho became the first four-time gold medalist in Olympic wrestling, and Kyle Snyder became the United States’ youngest gold medalist.
But perhaps the most memorable history-making feat will be Helen Maroulis’ takedown of Saori Yoshida. Both were reigning world champions entering the highly-anticipated gold medal clash, but Yoshida is the most decorated wrestler ever, with 13 world titles and three Olympic gold medals. Maroulis ultimately defeated the Japanese legend to secure Team USA’s first-ever gold medal in women’s wrestling.
Re-watch the top moments from this year’s Olympics below.
Helen Maroulis dethrones three-time reigning Olympic champion Saori Yoshida to win first U.S. gold in women’s wrestling
Kyle Snyder becomes youngest Olympic champion in U.S. history
J’den Cox wins bronze in his Olympic debut
Jordan Burroughs and Adeline Gray stunned in quarterfinal upsets
Mijain Lopez becomes second Greco-Roman wrestler to win three straight Olympic gold medals
Kaori Icho becomes first wrestler to win four Olympic gold medals
Japan sweeps all three divisions on first day of women’s wrestling with Tosaka, Icho, Dosho
Five wild finishes on the first day of women’s wrestling creates arguably the sport’s most exciting three-hour period ever
Hassan Yazdani beats bloodied Aniuar Geduev in 74kg freestyle gold medal bout
Roman Vlasov’s incredible day: battling a fellow Olympic champion in the first round, getting choked out in the semis, still winning gold
Mongolian coaches protest their wrestler’s loss in a 65kg bronze medal match by stripping down