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PEOPLE: Wrestler Jordan Burroughs Prepares to Head to Rio Thanks to His Very Adorable Cheer Squad

Published July 11th, 2016 by Jordan Burroughs

07/11/2016 AT 04:05 PM EDT

Will Jordan Burroughs see gold once again at this year?

The wrestler, who took home the gold medal in the men's freestyle 74 kg at the London Olympics in 2012, is giving a sneak peek into how he is preparing to represent Team USA at the Games this year in Rio de Janeiro.

In a clip from NBC, Burroughs' parents Janice and Leroy hold up the wrestler's first-ever participation trophy that he earned at the young age of 6. The two laugh at their son's small prize, but his mother notes Jordan's initial enthusiasm for the sport.

"He was proud, even though it was a 10th-place trophy," she says. "He just knew what hard work would do."
 


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Along with his incredibly supportive parents, Burroughs has a family of his own with wife Lauren Burroughs and son Beacon. The athlete's son wanders in and out of the wrestling room as he pleases, which is just the way that the Burroughs likes it.
 
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"He doesn't really understand what he's watching," the wrestler says. "He just sees dad throwing guys around, shooting double legs, but at some point he'll understand work ethic and effort."

To learn more about all the Team USA Olympians, visit teamusa.org. The Rio Olympics begin August 5 and will air on NBC.

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