Gable Steveson’s life changed in a matter of seconds – 6.5 to be exact.
That’s the amount of time it took for Steveson to score another takedown of Geno Petriashvili for gold at the Tokyo Olympics in the men’s 125kg freestyle category.
The gold secured for Steveson an automatic bid to the 2021 World Championships, a spot he rejected formally Sunday night. Now that he’s reached the pinnacle on the mat, Steveson, 21, might seek glory in a different avenue.
“I’ve reached the point, that pinnacle of wrestling … I’m trying to make noise. I’m trying to impact people,” Steveson told USA TODAY Sports on Friday. “I’m trying to (show) the world that you can be a wrestler and you can make it out and do it big, just like how I’m trying to do it. It’s most definitely an influential thing for me to do this for kids like me out there that maybe didn’t grow up with much that can see that they can end up with a lot.” Continue reading at usatoday.com →