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Jordan Burroughs Wins Gold

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U.S. wrestler Jordan Ernest Burroughs reacts after defeating Iran's Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi in the final of the men's 74Kg Freestyle wrestling at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games on Aug. 10.

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U.S. wrestler Jordan Ernest Burroughs kisses his gold medal in the ceremony for men's 74-kg freestyle wrestling competition on Aug. 10.

Reuters - Jordan Burroughs won the first wrestling gold for the United States at the London Olympics on Friday, earning a $250,000 bonus from U.S. officials and vindicating his characteristically confident choice of Twitter name, "All I See Is Gold."

The world champion with a soft spot for fast food, hip hop and tattoos overpowered Iran's Sadegh Goudarzi in the final of the 74kg freestyle.

The final brought together two countries that are old foes on the wrestling mat and on the world stage. Read More

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Paul Sancya / AP

U.S. wrestler Jordan Ernest Burroughs, left, celebrates after a winning move against Iran's Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi during their gold medal match at a 74-kg men's freestyle wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Aug. 10, in London.

Paul Sancya / AP

U.S. wrester Jordan Ernest Burroughs celebrates after winning against Iran's Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi in the gold medal match of the 74-kg men's freestyle wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Aug. 10 in London.

Grigory Dukor / Reuters

Iran wrestler Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi, right, and U.S. wrestler Jordan Ernest Burroughs pose at the podium of the men's 74Kg Freestyle wrestling at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games on Aug. 10.

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U.S. wrestler Jordan Ernest Burroughs celebrates with relatives and fans after winning the men's 74kg Freestyle gold medal wrestling match of the London 2012 Olympic Games on Aug. 10.