Adeline Gray receives USOC’s Team USA Best of October Female Athlete of the Month award

By U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Wrestling | Nov. 07, 2018, 2:53 p.m. (ET)
Adeline Gray of the USA celebrates her victory in the World semifinals over 2016 Olympic champion Erica Wiebe of Canada (Robbert Wijtman photo).

Archer Trenton Cowles, wrestler Adeline Gray and the beach volleyball team of April Ross and Alix Klineman earn October accolades

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Standout performances during October earned wrestler Adeline Gray (Denver, Colorado), archer Trenton Cowles (Tarzana, California), and the beach volleyball team of April Ross and Alix Klineman Best of October honors for the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, the United States Olympic Committee announced today.

Votes received from NGB representatives and select members of the media account for 50 percent of the final tally, with the other half determined by online fan voting via TeamUSA.org/Awards.

Gray won the gold medal at 76 kg. at the World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary. The victory marked her fourth-career world gold medal, matching the record for the most by an American wrestler, male or female. Gray was dominant in one of the most challenging weight classes in the tournament, winning four matches against top stars on her way to victory.

Editor’s Note: Gray won her gold on October 24. Her fourth career World gold medal matched the record for the most by an American wrestler, tied with John Smith, Tricia Saunders and Jordan Burroughs.

Gray was victorious in one of the most challenging weight classes in the tournament, winning four matches against top stars on the way to victory at an Olympic weight class. Gray opened with a 10-0 technical fall over 2015 World bronze medalist Epp Mae of Estonia, avenging a loss from earlier in the year. In the second period, she pinned 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Elmira Syzdykova of Kazakhstan. In the semifinals, Gray defeated 2016 Olympic champion Erica Wiebe of Canada, 3-1. In the gold-medal finals, Gray scored an impressive 13-1 technical fall over 2017 World champion Yasemin Adar of Turkey.

Gray has now won six World medals in her amazing career. She was also a member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team. Gray was one of four U.S. women wrestlers to win medals in Budapest, helping lead Team USA to a World trophy by placing third in the team standings.

Gray won the fan vote for the Female Athlete of the Month, which accounted for 50% of the total voting.


Cowles was the most accurate and consistent archer at the Summer Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018. On his way to winning the gold medal for Team USA, Cowles never scored lower than a 28/30 and never lost a single set of match play. He also won the mixed team bronze medal with Quinn Reddig of Namibia, helping Namibia win its first-ever medal at the Games.

Editor's Note: 2018 World champion wrestler David Taylor was a finalist for the Male Athlete of the Month Award.

Ross and Klineman earned two victories in October and garnered points toward 2020 Olympic qualification. On Oct. 7, they won the gold medal at the NORCECA Beach Tour Final in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, upending the top-seeded Canadian team in the finals. A week later, Ross and Klineman took first at the FIVB World Tour four-star event in Yangzhou, China.

In addition to Dow, the presenting sponsor, the Team USA Awards are supported by DICK’S Sporting Goods and USG.

About the Team USA Awards
Each National Governing Body may nominate one female, one male and one team per discipline. An internal nominating committee selects five nominees from both the male and female categories, and three from the team category to advance to the voting round.