Olympic Gold Medalist Gable Steveson Withdraws From Wrestling World Championships Amidst Speculation Over His Future

Published 08/19/2021, 9:57 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Wrestling – Freestyle – Men’s 125kg – Medal Ceremony – Makuhari Messe Hall A, Chiba, Japan – August 6, 2021. Gold medallist Gable Steveson of the United States poses with his medal. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw


The US wrestling Olympic gold medalist, Gable Steveson is on top of the world. The Gophers graduate produced a memorable performance to win the gold medal at Tokyo Olympics 2020. Despite not being on top for the last seconds of the match, he defeated Georgia’s Geno Petriashvili in an epic last-minute takedown. His performance in the final will go down as the greatest in his career.

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Despite that success, the US wrestler won’t compete at the Wrestling’s Senior World Championships which starts on October 10th. The wrestling competition will take place in Oslo, Norway.

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Gable Steveson withdraws from world championships

The Gopher graduate declined the chance to leave for Norway after winning the gold medal at Tokyo Olympics 2020. Usually, Olympic medalists get automatic promotion to the world championships. But Gable withdrew from the tournament. In particular, there were nine wrestlers who won medals in Japan from which Gable became the only wrestler to reject the opportunity.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Wrestling – Freestyle – Men’s 125kg – Gold medal match – Makuhari Messe Hall A, Chiba, Japan – August 6, 2021. Gable Steveson of the United States celebrates after winning gold. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

His reasons for not appearing are not confirmed yet. Likewise, Steveson did not announce his return to the Gophers as well. There are many rumours about his next move as he keeps his options open.

Blessed with incredible athleticism and a charismatic personality, Gable Steveson is one of the best talents out there.

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What’s next for Steveson?

After his Olympic success, the wrestler got offers to join football teams across the country. Significantly, Minnesota Vikings are interested to sign him up for their franchise. His physical attributes contribute to a fantastic talent who has the potential to reach the top. Doing backflips with the Gable’s physique is no mean feat but the American does it with ease.

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However, there are reports of him wanting to be a movie star while being an ardent follower of the former WWE superstar, The Rock.

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It’s a tough decision for the American champion because of the endless opportunities in front of him. Being a wrestler has always been his dream, but he is looking forward to other plans as well. The possibilities are endless for the talented superstar.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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