Helen Maroulis is now ‘the hammer’
2016 IMPACT25 honoree Helen Maroulis is now ‘the hammer’
By Ryan Hockensmith | Dec 13, 2016
Special to espnW.com
How can words do justice to the most incredible sports upset of the year? But more on Helen Maroulis’ Olympic wrestling triumph in a minute.
When I was in ninth grade, I made my way through a wrestling bracket of very good wrestlers only to run into a kid I knew I couldn’t beat. In Pennsylvania, we called those kids “hammers,” and Pennsylvania produces more hammers than anywhere in the nation. Hammers walked onto mats aware of the outcome before the anklets even went on. They WANTED cauliflower ears.
This kid was a hammer.