The United States is coming off one of its best-ever showings in Olympic wrestling, and more history could be on the way.

At the Tokyo Games three years ago, the U.S. led all nations with nine wrestling medals. It was also the most medals the U.S. had won in wrestling since the 1984 Games that were boycotted by the Soviet Union and several other nations.

After qualifying 15 athletes for the Paris Olympics, including a full freestyle team of six men and six women, the U.S. will hope to at least match — if not exceed — that total. Nine of the 12 freestyle wrestlers on the team have already won medals at recent world championships, and the other three members look to have medal potential despite their limited experience at major international tournaments.

Meet the 2024 U.S. Olympic wrestling team below.

Spencer Lee (Men's Freestyle 57kg)

A former U17 and U20 world champion, Spencer Lee made a name for himself at the collegiate level by winning three NCAA titles at the University of Iowa. Now age 25, Lee recently returned to the international stage for the first time in seven years. An electric performance at the Olympic qualifying tournament in May — he defeated three of his four opponents by technical fall in less than a minute — could portend success for his Olympic debut at Paris 2024.

Spencer Lee in wrestling singlet
Spencer Lee defeated Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Thomas Gilman in the Olympic Trials final to earn his spot on Team USA.
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Zain Retherford (Men's Freestyle 65kg)

A three-time NCAA champion (2016-2018) at Penn State University, Zain Retherford has broken through on the international scene in recent years. After back-to-back world championship medals (silver in 2022, gold in 2023) wrestling at 70kg, the 30-year-old moved down to 65kg for an Olympic run this year. That decision wasn't taken lightly though — after considering retirement, Retherford decided in January to give his Olympic dream one more shot.

Zain Retherford prepares to wrestle
Zain Retherford will hope to replicate his recent 70kg success in a lower weight class for Paris 2024.
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Kyle Dake (Men's Freestyle 74kg)

Kyle Dake has more world titles (four) than any other member of the U.S. wrestling team headed to Paris, but he's still in search of his first Olympic gold medal. Dake, 33, scored a bronze medal at the Tokyo Games, and it wasn't until last year that he suffered his first-ever defeat at a world championships (a loss to Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Zaurbek Sidakov in the final).

Kyle Dake holds up his Olympic bronze medal
Kyle Dake earned a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
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Aaron Brooks (Men's Freestyle 86kg)

In one of the biggest surprises at U.S. Olympic Trials, 23-year-old Aaron Brooks upset reigning world and Olympic champion David Taylor to clinch a spot on his first Olympic team. Fresh off winning his fourth consecutive NCAA title at Penn State University, Brooks will be an exciting name to watch in Paris. He has limited international experience at the senior level but won a U23 world title last year.

Aaron Brooks makes his way to the mat
A surprising upset over David Taylor at U.S. Olympic Trials showed that Aaron Brooks has the upside to contend for a medal in Paris.
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Kyle Snyder (Men's Freestyle 97kg)

Kyle Snyder has become the linchpin of the U.S. men's freestyle team. He won his first world title at age 19 and then his first Olympic gold medal one year later. Now 28, Snyder heads to Paris as a two-time Olympic medalist (gold at Rio 2016, silver at Tokyo 2020), a three-time world champion, and a seven-time world championship medalist. He also competes in what's arguably the most exciting weight class in wrestling. Even with Russian rival Abdulrashid Sadulaev's eligibility status in question, the rise of Bahrain's Akhmed Tazhudinov at the last world championships will continue to make 97kg a must-watch weight class.

Kyle Snyder holds up his Olympic silver medal
Kyle Snyder earned his second Olympic medal, a silver, at the Tokyo Games.
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Mason Parris (Men's Freestyle 125kg)

After Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Gable Steveson pulled out of last year's world championships, Mason Parris had the opportunity to take his place, and he took full advantage of it. Parris, a 2023 NCAA champion for the University of Michigan, ended up earning a bronze medal at that competition. With a last name befitting of these upcoming Olympic Games, the 24-year-old now heads to Paris as a strong medal contender after making his first Olympic team.

Mason Parris prepares to take the mat
Mason Parris won a bronze medal in his world championship debut last year.
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Sarah Hildebrandt (Women's Freestyle 50kg)

Paris 2024 will be the second Olympic Games for Sarah Hildebrandt. The 30-year-old already has a bronze medal from the Tokyo Games three years ago and is also a four-time medalist at the world championships. That total includes a medal at every world championships since Tokyo, as she scored silver in 2021 and then bronze each of the last two years.

Sarah Hildebrandt holds up her Olympic bronze medal
Sarah Hildebrandt left the Tokyo Games with an Olympic bronze medal.
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Dominique Parrish (Women's Freestyle 53kg)

Dominique Parrish, 27, will be competing at her first Olympics. She's been the U.S. representative at 53kg at each of the last two world championships but has experienced mixed results. Her world title in 2022 was followed by a first-match loss in 2023.

Dominique Parrish holds an American flag above her head
Dominique Parrish won her first world title in 2022.
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Helen Maroulis (Women's Freestyle 57kg)

Helen Maroulis made history at the 2016 Rio Games by upsetting Saori Yoshida, Japan's legendary 13-time reigning world champion, to become the first U.S. woman to win Olympic wrestling gold. The Maryland native followed that up with a bronze medal five years later at the Tokyo Games. Now 32, Maroulis is set to make more history by becoming the oldest U.S. female wrestler to compete at the Olympics, as well as the first to wrestle at three Olympic Games.

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Helen Maroulis will become the first U.S. female wrestler to compete at three Olympics.
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Kayla Miracle (Women's Freestyle 62kg)

After competing at the Tokyo Games — she lost in the Round of 16 — Kayla Miracle, 28, returns for her second Olympic appearance. After Tokyo, she won back-to-back silver medals at the 2021 and 2022 World Championships, making her a medal threat in Paris. According to Outsports, Miracle was the first publicly out LGBTQ wrestler to compete at an Olympic Games.

Kayla Miracle in a wrestling singlet
Kayla Miracle is one of five members of this year's wrestling team who have competed at a past Olympics.
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Amit Elor (Women's Freestyle 68kg)

Amit Elor, 20, is the youngest woman to ever make a U.S. Olympic wrestling team and has the potential to be a star for years to come. A wrestler who excels at hand fighting, she's won a total of eight world titles across various age groups. Elor won the last two senior world titles at 72kg, a non-Olympic weight class, in dominant fashion but has dropped down to 68kg for this Olympic run. Despite the shift, she has to be considered one of Team USA's top gold medal contenders in Paris.

Amit Elor walks out after being introduced
Just 20 years old, Amit Elor could be a staple of the U.S. women's freestyle team for years to come.
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Kennedy Blades (Women's Freestyle 76kg)

After defeating U.S. wrestling legend Adeline Gray at Olympic Trials in April, Kennedy Blades is ready to hit the world stage. At just 20 years of age, Blades currently has limited international experience at the senior level, but she did earn bronze at the U20 World Championships and silver at the U23 World Championships last year. She also has a previous U20 world title from 2021.

A referee holds up Kennedy Blades' arm after her win
Kennedy Blades' win over Adeline Gray at Olympic Trials served notice that she has the potential to compete for a medal in Paris.
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Payton Jacobson (Greco-Roman 87kg)

Payton Jacobson is headed to his first Olympic Games after a breakthrough performance at Trials. Entering the tournament as the No. 7 seed (out of just nine wrestlers), Jacobson stunned the field en route to winning the tournament and claiming his spot in Paris. Jacobson, 21, was named for NFL legend Walter Payton and currently wrestles at Northern Michigan University.

Payton Jacobson on his back in celebration after a win
Payton Jacobson's surprise run through the Olympic Trials bracket has him headed to Paris.
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Joe Rau (Greco-Roman 97kg)

At age 33, Joe Rau finally has made his first Olympic team after years of near misses. In 2016, he won Olympic Trials but didn't qualify the weight class afterward. In 2021, he qualified the weight class but then controversially lost the Trials final and left his shoes on the mat to indicate retirement. This year, the three-time Pan American champion came through the challenge tournament to secure his Olympic Trials victory and a spot in Paris.

A referee raises Joe Rau's arm after he wins his match
Joe Rau's Olympic debut has been a long time coming, but his win over Alan Vera in the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials final got him there at last.
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Adam Coon (Greco-Roman 130kg)

Like the other two members of the U.S. Greco-Roman team, Adam Coon will also be competing at his first Olympics. Coon, 29, was previously a three-time NCAA All-American and one of Kyle Snyder's biggest rivals while wrestling at the University of Michigan. After missing out on the Tokyo Games, he spent some time on the training camp roster of the NFL's Tennessee Titans as an offensive lineman in 2021.

Adam Coon roars in celebration of his Trials win
Adam Coon's win at U.S. Olympic Trials guaranteed him a spot on the team for Paris.
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