“So, I hope all the little girls watching really understand that they can go and get master’s degrees, they can go and win Olympic medals, and they can go and have balance in their lives, focusing on very big things.”
Despite her obvious disappointment, Gray took time to promote another U.S. wrestler.
“My teammate’s in the finals tomorrow, and she’s been killing it,” Gray said. “Tamyra Mensah-Stock is someone everyone has to watch. She’s an incredible human being, and she’s going to go out there and be an Olympic gold medalist tomorrow, and I’m so excited for her.”
Mensah-Stock of Colorado Springs, Colorado, defeated Alla Cherkasova of Ukraine, 10-4, in the women’s freestyle 68 kg. semifinals after a pair of earlier lopsided wins in the final round.
In the Greco-Roman 97 kg. class, G’Angelo Hancock of Colorado Springs defeated Mikheil Kajaia of Serbia, 5-1, then dropped a 4-3 decision to Poland’s Tadeusz Michalik.
Ildar Hafizov of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program dropped a 7-1 decision to Sergey Emelin of the Russian Olympic Committee in the Greco-Roman 60 kg. repechage.
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