Denver’s Adeline Gray (left) defeated rival Erica Wiebe of Canada on Sunday to win a gold medal in an Olympic “test event” in Rio de Janeiro where the Summer Olympics will be held in August. Photo courtesy of USA Wrestling/Robbert Wijtman
Denver’s Adeline Gray hopes to become the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in wrestling at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 18, and the three-time world champion already has had a productive trip to Rio this year.
Gray won an Olympic “test event” there Sunday in impressive fashion, defeating 2014 world silver medalist Aline da Silva Ferreira of Brazil, 2015 world silver medalist Zhou Qian of China and longtime rival Erica Wiebe of Canada.
Gray has won 35 straight matches stretching back to July 2014. She won world championships gold medals in 2012, 2014 and 2015. She also claimed bronze medals in 2011 and 2013.
The U.S. had three other women competing in the Olympic test event — Alyssa Lampe, Erin Clogdo and Tamyra Mensah — who took bronze medals in different weight classes. They, like Gray, train in Colorado Springs.
“I think it was beneficial for the athletes that are here to experience the Olympic venues and the area of the Olympic Park,” said national women’s coach Terry Steiner. “Before we leave we will also see our training locations and get a little better feel for Rio.”