July 13, 2016
As the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio near, Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder has been making the media rounds, including a session with local reporters at the Steelwood Training Facility, where he is preparing everyday along with fellow Olympic teammate Trevel Dlagnev as part of the Ohio Regional Training Center.
The first Buckeye wrestler to compete in the Olympics in 24 years, Snyder’s resume over the last 12 months includes a World championship, Big Ten title and NCAA Championship. Snyder and the rest of his United States teammates depart for Rio of August 3. His competition at 97kg/213 lbs. is slated to take place on the final day of the Olympic Games – Sunday, August 21.
Stay updated with his journey below:
Tricia and Steve Snyder, Kyle Snyder’s parents, are beaming with pride, but not without admitting they have been through a roller coaster of emotions to get to this point. READ MORE >>
Already the United States’ youngest-ever world champion, Kyle Snyder hopes to add Olympic gold to his hardware collection. READ MORE >>
Stephen and Tricia Snyder saw the ad for a local wrestling club in their Woodbine, Maryland, neighborhood 15 years ago, considered the household breakables and decided to take their rambunctious 5-year-old son Kyle in for a test grapple. READ MORE >>
When Snyder does compete, he’s got a real chance to stand on the podium in Rio. The Buckeye sophomore won an NCAA championship earlier this year. He is also the 2015 World Champion in his weight class (97kg/213 lbs) and at Olympic Trials in April, beat 2012 Olympic champion Jake Varner to secure his spot on Team USA. READ MORE >>
Before flying to Brazil on August 2, and several weeks living in the Olympic Village and working out in preparation for his competition, Snyder is doing his workouts at the Steelwood Athletic Training Facility west of campus. He has a daily routine of lifting, running, drilling, conditioning, and live competition. He also competed in the Freestyle World Cup in Los Angeles in mid-June, going undefeated and winning the gold medal. READ MORE >>
There is still one accomplishment that 20-year-old Kyle Snyder has yet to meet: Olympic gold. On Aug. 5, Snyder will join his fellow Americans in Rio for the XXXI Olympiad. READ MORE >>
Kyle Snyder discusses his goals and training in wrestling for the upcoming Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. WATCH >>
A photo posted by Kyle Snyder (@snyderman45) on Aug 3, 2016 at 8:55am PDT