Jordan Burroughs

By
Photography Sebastian Kim

Published July 4, 2016

BRIEFS: POLO RALPH LAUREN. STYLING: MIGUEL ENAMORADO. COSMETICS: ARMANI, INCLUDING MAESTRO GLOW NOURISHING FUSION MAKEUP. HAIR PRODUCTS: BUMBLE AND BUMBLE, INCLUDING SPRAY DE MODE. HAIR: LAURENT PHILIPPON FOR BUMBLE AND BUMBLE. MAKEUP: KRISTI MATAMOROS FOR ARMANI BEAUTY/FRANK REPS. SET DESIGN: JULIET JERNIGAN/CLM. PRODUCTION: BO ZHANG/MANAGEMENT ARTISTS. DIGITAL TECHNICIAN: NATALIA READ-HARBER. SPECIAL THANKS: STUDIO 250.

Olympic and three-time World Championships gold medalist.

SPORT: Wrestling freestyle.

HOMETOWN: Sicklerville, NJ.

AGE: 28.

DO YOU HAVE ANY RITUALS OR SUPERSTITIONS? If I have to choose from a stack of things, I can only choose from the highest stack. So if there are stacks of plates at a buffet, I have to take a plate from the highest stack. Because the way the podium is situated in wrestling, the first place spot is the center. So if I’m in a bathroom, I’ll look for the first place urinal.

DO YOU HAVE A RECURRING DREAM?  I’ve dreamed on numerous occasions that I’ve lost the biggest event in my life, and there was absolutely nothing that I could do about it.

LAST MEAL: Bacon cheeseburger, mushrooms, barbecue sauce, sautéed onions, pepper jack cheese, a pretzel bun, lettuce. I’d have sweet potato fries on the side and freshly squeezed lemonade. Vanilla milkshake. And then for dessert, I’d have either crème brûlée or a crepe.

DREAM DINNER-PARTY GUEST: Kobe or maybe Magic Johnson. Magic transcended sport. Everyone loved him, and he was more successful after his career was over than he was as an athlete. I think every athlete is afraid for their career to be over. I’d like to chat with him—”How’d you do it?”

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