Russ Hellickson Tribute: Burroughs and Snyder are examples for posterity

BY RUSS HELLICKSON

2017 World champions Jordan Burroughs and Kyle Snyder with their gold medals in Paris. Photos by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors

It is not difficult to recognize heroes. Heroes never proclaim themselves. Heroes always enhance others.

But sometimes we nod our head in acknowledgement, without truly embracing the magnitude of the performance, or highlighting the precious uniqueness, and rarity, of the venture, or its treasured impact.

As an old-timer, ah…, semi old-timer, I was impressed, motivated, and inspired by the US Freestyle victory at the World Championships in France.

Not because of what was accomplished, but because of how it was accomplished. We are measured in life by what we do, but more so by the way we do it.

Kyle Snyder and Jordan Burroughs stand taller than the rest. Not because they won, but because they are winners.

I am not personal friends with either, but feel like I have known them all my life. I was immersed in wrestling as a college coach for 36 years, driven, like my peers, to build, and mold, and influence young wrestlers to compete, and think and act like… well, Kyle Snyder and Jordan Burroughs.

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