By Julia Lull and Sean Gregory
June 30, 2016

An Olympic gold medal is never a sure thing. But if you were to bank on any U.S. athlete wining in Rio, wrestler Adeline Gray will likely reward you. She’s that dominant. Gray, a three-time world champ and daughter of a Denver police officer, is seeking to win America’s first ever gold in women’s wrestling. A key to her success? She treats her sport as art. “I can’t paint, I can’t draw,” says Gray, who competes in the 75KG/165LB weight class. “Where I feel creative is on the wrestling mat.”

Write to Julia Lull at julia.lull@timeinc.com and Sean Gregory at sean.gregory@time.com.

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