Oct. 31, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – With a commanding 38 percent of the vote, Kyle Snyder ran away as the 2017 U.S. Male Olympic Athlete of the Year, beating out four other finalists. The next highest vote percentage was 20 percent for Lowell Bailey (biathlon). Wrestling swept the athlete of the year awards as Helen Maroulis was tabbed the U.S. Female Athlete of the Year.
2017 U.S. MALE OLYMPIC ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
38% | Kyle Snyder (freestyle wrestling)
20% | Lowell Bailey (biathlon)
17% | Caleb Dressel (swimming)
14% | Sam Kendricks (track and field)
10% | McRae Williams (freestyle skiing)
In a bout that was dubbed “The Match of the Century,” Snyder defeated Olympic and two-time world champion Abdulrashid Sadulaev of Russia, 6-5, to win the 97-kilogram gold medal and clinch Team USA’s first men’s freestyle world team title in 22 years at the 2017 World Wrestling Championships. This coming one year after capturing Olympic gold in Rio.
Snyder begins his final collegiate season this upcoming weekend as he and the rest of the Buckeyes venture to New Jersey to compete in the Princeton Open on Saturday, Nov. 4.