Hometown: Sicklerville, NJ
Weight Class: 74k
The Midas Clutch: With three world championships, a 124-2 record, and a gold medal from London, Burroughs (Twitter @alliseeisgold) is a favorite to defend his title at Rio. But don’t tell him that: “My mindset isn’t to ‘protect,’ but to go and make anew,” he says.
Excellence is a Habit: He focuses on explosive movements—sled pushes, squat jumps, etc.—and relies on an intensive stretching routine to stay fast and powerful. “My training, a lot of times, is harder than my competition,” he says.
Eat Small, Win Big: Burroughs’ nutrition is strict: a coconut-and-greens smoothie for breakfast, fresh juice for lunch, and vegetables with lean protein for dinner. However, after victories he’s known to celebrate with doughnuts and cake.
To learn more about all Olympic hopefuls, visit teamusa.org. The Rio Olympics begin August 5.