The Sports Examiner’s best Olympic-sport performances of the weekend includes spectacular performances by U.S. wrestlers at the World Championships in Paris, where the American men’s Freestyle team partied like it was 1995!
=> No. 5: Nino Schurter
Never heard of him? He’s Switzerland’s Olympic champion in Mountain Bike Cross Country and just completed a perfect season – six wins in six races – in the Mountain Bike World Cup with a huge win at the finale in Val di Sole, Italy.
=> No. 4: Flora Duffy
Bermuda’s reigning World Champion just won her fifth race of the 2017 Triathlon World Series, something that only Olympic champ Gwen Jorgensen (USA) has done before. Duffy came back from injury to be in position to win the World Series title for the second year in a row.
=> No. 3: Phil Dalhausser & Nick Lucena
Who says 37 is old in sports? This American pair – both 37 – just won the FIVB World Tour Finals in Hamburg (GER), overcoming the Brazil’s 20-somethings World Champion pair in straight sets. Tweeted Dalhausser after the victory: “Winner winner chicken dinner!!!”
=> No. 2: Helen Maroulis
The best wrestler in the world: not just World Champion in 2017, but who went through the tournament undefeated … and unscored upon! The final count: Maroulis (USA) 52, opponents 0! More on her here.
=> No. 1: The U.S. men’s Freestyle Wrestling team
It had been 22 years since the U.S. men had won the World team title, and it came down to the final match of the tournament, pitting American World and Olympic champ Kyle Snyder against a two-time Russian World Champion for the individual title at 97 kg and the global team title. It was a match for the ages and we have all the details in Monday’s issue of The Sports Examiner!