Day in the Life:
Adeline Gray is a Team USA 2016 Olympian, 3X World Champion, and 6X world team member of Women’s Freestyle Wrestling. She is currently on a 37-match winning streak and chasing her dream of becoming the first female USA Olympic Wrestling Champion. According to her bio on the official Team USA web site, Adeline may soon be recognized as the best female U.S. wrestler in history.
The fact that she is currently ranked #1 in the world and a favorite to win gold in Rio is not a total surprise. “I’ve been working hard for years. This has been me getting better for eight years. It’s been a great thing to know it’s coming to that peak right now.” Adeline points to her ability to plan long-term and strong willingness to be an inspiration for the next generation for her leading position heading into the games. “This is my year, and the platform’s kind of set up through wrestling and this culture we have that’s budding with women’s sports being more important and pushing to have more role models for young girls.”
Adeline is the oldest of four sisters, two of which are wrestlers and soccer players. Her boyfriend is a captain in the U.S. Army and can be seen in the stands wearing a classic “Gray to Gold” T-shirt. Her father, a police officer in Denver, and her uncle introduced her to the sport of wrestling as a youth when she used to win competitions against boys her age. Adeline considers her family the “bedrock” of her wrestling success.
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Favorite Exercise: Bicycle
Favorite Healthy Snack: Chicken Fajitas
Favorite Way to Center: Spending time w/ family playing cards.
Favorite YouTube Video: Ten Minute Abs
Personal Motto: Hard work pays off.
- 7AM – Breakfast (i.e. oatmeal)
- 830AM – Prehab
- 9AM – Wrestling Practice
- 12PM – Lunch
- 2PM – Meditation
- 4PM – Weightlifting
- 6PM – Dinner
- 9PM – Stretch & Recovery (i.e. compression pants or ice)
- 10PM – Bedtime
What gets you out of bed every morning?
The dream of an Olympic gold medal, my family, and my wonderful boyfriend!
What is the most important part of your daily routine?
Consistency of effort – with workouts, with food, with sleep, with hydration, with mental stability.
What wellness result are you most proud of?
That I excelled in a male-dominated world of wrestling and am now reaching new heights in women’s Olympic style professional sports.
Whose “O” would you most love to see?
My mom when she was my age! She tells stories about herself as a girl that seem so different from the great mom I know.
What is your #1 wellness habit?
What is the best piece of health advice you’ve ever received?
What is your favorite part about living a healthy lifestyle?
Tell us about a time you were stuck in an unhealthy cycle and how you got out of it. What was the main inspiration for positive change?
I got into a habit of eating a box of Oreos a week and I broke it by having an honest conversation with myself about how bad the habit was for me. Then I made a plan to change it and reminded myself of my goals every time I wanted to fall back into the habit.
If you could give one piece of health advice, what would it be?
Adeline Gray is a 3X World Champion Wrestler and USA Olympian. For more inspiration from Adeline, follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and check out her website Adeline Gray. SUPPORT ADELINE’S GRAY FOR GOLD! FUNDRAISER: Help Get My Family to Rio!
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