(L-R) Jordan Burroughs and Lauren Burroughs attend the 2019 Team USA Awards on Nov. 19, 2019 in Universal City, Calif.
In announcing he and wife Lauren were expecting their third child back in September, Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler Jordan Burroughs said the little one would was due around Christmas.
But their new daughter had a belated Christmas surprise for mom and dad, as Rise Ivory Burroughs entered the world Monday morning at 8 pounds, 6 ounces.
Rise joins 5-year-old brother Beacon and 3-year-old sister Ora in the Burroughs family. Burroughs wrote on social media that he and Lauren have tried to give each of their children special symbolic names.
“We pray that her life is an embodiment of the quote, ‘We rise by lifting others,’” Burroughs wrote.
The middle name Ivory comes from Burroughs’ ancestry in the Ivory Coast.
“We always want our children to remember where we come from,” Burroughs wrote. “Lauren is doing great, and we’re so thankful for our healthy little one’s arrival. We can’t wait for you all to meet her.”
Burroughs was fresh off a national championship career at Nebraska when he won his first world championship in 2011, then won his first Olympic gold medal one year later at the Olympic Games London 2012. From 2011 to 2014, Burroughs won 69 matches in a row, an American record. He has gone on to win six more world championship medals, including three more world titles. The five combined world and Olympic titles tie him in second place for most ever by an American, just one behind two-time Olympic gold medalist John Smith.
Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.