By Gary R. Blockus | Sept. 11, 2017, 4:51 p.m. (ET)
Jordan Burroughs poses for a photo on the "TODAY" show set on Copacabana Beach on Aug. 10, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.


Olympic and world champion freestyle wrestler Jordan Burroughs will chair the United World Wrestling’s Athletes Commission, the UWW announced Monday.

Burroughs, a four-time world champion and gold medalist at the Olympic Games London 2012, replaces 2008 Olympic champion Carol Huynh of Canada, the inaugural chair.

The Athletes Commission was formed in 2013 to protect the rights and interests of all UWW Olympic-style athletes. The commission reaches out to current wrestlers to seek peer feedback on the sport.

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Burroughs, 29, won his most recent world title last month in Paris. A native of Sicklerville, New Jersey, he won world titles in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017, and bronze in 2014. He won two consecutive NCAA titles while at the University of Nebraska.

He is joined on the committee by Odunayo Adekuoroye of Nigeria, the first African woman to reach the gold medal round of the world championships, at this year’s event in Paris; two-time Olympic medalist Komeil Ghasemi of Iran, three-time Olympian Arsen Julfalakyan of Armenia; Olympic medalist Sofia Mattsson of Sweden; Melonin Noumonvi of France; and Olympic bronze medalist Sun Yanan of China.

Gary R. Blockus is a journalist from Allentown, Pennsylvania who has covered multiple Olympic Games. He is a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.