Helen Maroulis became the first American Woman wrestler to ever win a gold medal in the Olympics. She won the medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Olympics, on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. for the 53-kg free-style wrestling weight class, against Saori Yoshida from Japan (Bottom left). She wrestled her way to bring Yoshida down, Helen won 4-1 after 6 long minutes. In the pictures below Helen is celebrating her victory for winning gold against Saori Yoshida (top middle), there are also pictures of Helen's other victories before making it to the gold medal round, Helen is wrestling against the republic of Korea (top right), Helen wrestles against Sweden (top left), Helen is crying after receiving the gold medal for 53kg wrestling weight class. Determination and dominating the wrestling mat, however did not come to Helen in a day, in an interview and she talked about how she had found and loved wrestling but had to wrestle boys said "I won one match all year, but that was all I needed" (Helen Maroulis). Once Helen was able to spread her wings for her new found love of wrestling, she put herself into full throttle and became the first American woman to win a gold medal in the Olympics.