Helen Maroulis

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Helen Maroulis
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Maroulis in 2016
Personal information
Full name Helen Louise Maroulis
Nationality American
Born September 19, 1991 (1991-09-19) (age 26)
Rockville, Maryland, U.S.
Alma mater Simon Fraser University
Height 5 ft 3 in (160 cm)
Weight 116.5 lb (53 kg)
Life partner(s) None
Country United States
Sport Wrestling
Event(s) Freestyle
Club Sunkist Kids
Coached by Valentin Kalika
Updated on August 23, 2017.

Helen Louise Maroulis (born September 19, 1991) is a Greek-American freestyle wrestler who competes in the women's 55-kg and 53-kg categories. She was a gold medalist at the 2015 World Wrestling Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada and a gold medalist at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil she became the first ever American to win a gold medal in women's freestyle wrestling at the Olympic Games.[1]


Maroulis was born in Rockville, Maryland,[citation needed] the daughter of Paula and Yiannis "John" Maroulis.[2] Her father is Greek.[3] She attended Magruder High School for three years, where as a freshman she became the first female wrestler to place at the Maryland state wrestling championships[4] and also was named Most Outstanding Wrestler of a tournament by pinning the senior boy who had won that title the year before, all on the way to 99 high school career victories.[5]

She then moved to Marquette Senior High School in Marquette, Michigan and then went to join Missouri Baptist University women's wrestling team in Saint Louis, Missouri, before ultimately transferring to compete for Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.[6]

She now trains at the U.S. Olympic Education Center at Northern Michigan University.[2] Her grandparents emigrated to the United States from the Greek island Kalamos in the 1960s.

Rio 2016

Maroulis beat Saori Yoshida 4-1 to win a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Yoshida was the most decorated female freestyle wrestler of all time (with gold medals from the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympics). This was the first Olympic gold medal for the United States in a women's wrestling event.[7] Maroulis attributes a large portion of her success to the coaching of Valentin Kalika.[8]

Pro Wrestling League

Pooja Dhanda defeated Helen in Pro Wrestling League.[9][10]

Olympic Games/World Championship/Pan American matches

Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location
2017 World champion at 58kg
Win 29-6 Tunisia Marwa Amri 11-0 August 23, 2017 2017 World Championship France Paris
Win 28-6 Canada Michelle Fazzari 10-0
Win 27-6 Dominican Republic Yessica Oviedo 11-0
Win 26-6 Sweden Elin Nilsson 10-0
Win 25-6 South Korea Hanbit Kim 10-0
2016 Olympic champion at 53kg
Win 24-6 Japan Saori Yoshida 4-1 August 18, 2016 2016 Summer Olympics Brazil Rio de Janeiro
Win 23-6 Sweden Sofia Mattsson Fall
Win 22-6 North Korea Jong Myong-suk 7-4
Win 21-6 China Zhong Xuechun 10-0
Win 20-6 Ukraine Yuliya Khalvadzhy 12-1
2015 World champion at 55kg
Win 19-6 Russia Irina Ologonova 11-0 September 10, 2015 2015 World Championship United States Las Vegas, NV
Win 18-6 China Pang Qianyu 5-0
Win 17-6 Bulgaria Evelina Nikolova fall
Win 16-6 Mexico Brenda Fernández 10-0
2014 World bronze medalist at 55kg
Win 15-6 Poland Katarzyna Krawczyk 10-0 September 10, 2014 2014 World Championship Uzbekistan Tashkent
Loss 14-6 Japan Chiho Hamada 2-6
Win 14-5 Mongolia Altansetsegiin Battsetseg fall
Win 13-5 Nicaragua Elverine Jiménez fall
2013 World at 55kg
Loss 12-5 Bulgaria Mimi Hristova fall September 19, 2013 2013 World Championship Hungary Budapest
Loss 12-4 Sweden Sofia Mattsson 6-7
Win 12-3 Vietnam Phạm Thị Huệ fall
Win 11-3 North Korea Han Kum-ok fall
2012 World silver medalist at 55kg
Loss 10-3 Japan Saori Yoshida fall September 28, 2012 2012 World Championship Canada Strathcona County, Alberta
Win 10-2 Canada Brittanee Laverdure 5-0, 4-2
Win 9-2 Greece Maria Prevolaraki 3-0, 2-0
Win 8-2 Belarus Nadzeya Mikhalkova fall
2011 Pan American champion at 55kg
Win 7-2 Canada Tonya Verbeek 1-0, 0-7, 3-0 October 22, 2011 2011 Pan American Games Mexico Guadalajara
Win 6-2 Venezuela Marcia Andrades 4-0, 1-0
Win 5-2 Brazil Joice Silva 0-1, 4-0
2011 World at 55kg
Loss 4-2 Sweden Ida-Theres Nerell fall September 15, 2011 2011 World Championship Turkey Istanbul
Win 4-1 Mexico Alma Valencia 5-0, 4-0
Win 3-1 Turkey Emriye Musta 6-2, 6-2
Loss 2-1 Japan Saori Yoshida fall
Win 2–0 Bulgaria Valya Trandeva fall
Win 1–0 Kazakhstan Aiyim Abdildina 6-0, 5-2


  1. ^ "Helen Maroulis to face Venezuela's Marcia Andrades at Beat The Streets". The Open Mat. May 4, 2014. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Athlete Bio: Helen Maroulis". TeamUSA.org. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ Chrysopoulos, Philip. "Who Is Olympic Gold Medalist Helen Maroulis". USA.GreekReporter.com. Retrieved August 28, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Magruder's Maroulis Makes Maryland History". 
  5. ^ "Rockville's Maroulis eyes spot on U.S. Olympic women's wrestling squad". 
  6. ^ "Simon Fraser University | Canada Clan Alumna Helen Maroulis Wins Wrestling Gold for USA at Rio 2016". Athletics.sfu.ca. August 18, 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Helen Maroulis Wins First Gold Medal for U.S. in Women's Wrestling". Time. Time. Archived from the original on September 17, 2016. Retrieved August 18, 2016. 
  8. ^ Berg, Aimee (August 20, 2016). "Helen Maroulis Trained With Champions To Become the First American Woman Wrestler to Win Gold". Sports.Vice.com. Archived from the original on August 20, 2016. Retrieved August 23, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Pro Wrestling League: Pooja Dhanda stuns Olympic champion Helen Marouli as Punjab Royals beat Haryana Hammers - Firstpost". www.firstpost.com. Retrieved 2018-04-13. 
  10. ^ Staff, Scroll. "PWL: Pooja Dhanda stuns Olympic champion Helen Maroulis again as Punjab Royals defend title". Scroll.in. Retrieved 2018-04-13. 

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