Kyle Snyder: 5 things to know about the Olympic wrestler

Wrestler Kyle Snyder has seen success at nearly every level. As a high school standout wrestler, Snyder amassed a 179-0 record, and his wrestling prowess has continued to grow ever since. Snyder has won numerous titles including that of world champion, but for the 20-year-old from Maryland, one title is still missing: Olympic champion.

Kyle Snyder's wrestling accomplishments are as varied as they are impressive. To find out more about the American wrestler who has qualified for the Olympics at the 97-kilogram weight class in freestyle, check out the list of fast facts below.

  1. How he got started: Snyder began wrestling when he was five years old, but it wasn't until 8th grade that he really began to fall in love with the sport, he said. "It seems shallow, but I enjoyed this sport the most because it was the one I was the most successful in," Snyder told
  2. College: Snyder currently attends The Ohio State University, where he is studying sport management. As a true freshman, Snyder finished second in the 197-pound weight class. During his second season with Ohio State Snyder went up a weight class and won an NCAA title at the heavyweight division.
  3. Word title: In September, Snyder became the youngest American in history to have won a gold medal at the world championships. Snyder was 19 at the time. Of his championship, he told "The feeling right after the match is pretty indescribable, because a lot of suffering goes into becoming the best wrestler in the world. … It felt amazing after I got my hand raised, and I was jumping around and screaming and running around with the flag in my back."
  4. Junior World Career: In addition to earning a FILA World Championship title in 2015, Snyder also is a two-time Junior World Championship medalist. He won gold in 2013 at 96 kilos and bronze in 2014 at the same weight class.
  5. Daily life: Snyder enjoys watching Seinfeld, SportsCenter, and many cooking shows. Additionally, the Team USA athlete also enjoys cooking for himself. He's noted that he typically makes breakfast and lunch for himself at home, though he often eats Chipotle for dinner. Watching his diet is key for Snyder, who is up at 7:30 a.m. every day for a workout. Snyder's second workout comes at 2:30 p.m. each day, he said.

Snyder joins athletes just as Jesse Thielke and Jordan Burroughs on the U.S. Olympic wrestling team for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.